In 1848 women and men met in Seneca Falls, New York to advance the cause for women’s rights. The convention, organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and Susan B. Anthony, marked the beginning of the women’s suffrage movement. They made speeches and petitioned Congress, pressuring government officials to recognize women's voting rights. Stanton, Mott, and Anthony paved the way for future suffragists like Alice Paul, Ida B. Wells, and Mabel Ping-Hua Lee.
But the women’s suffrage movement was not always unified. Some suffragists thought only white women should exercise their right to vote. Others like Charlotte Forten Grimke, Mary Ann Shadd Cary, and Mary Church Terrell knew women of color also had a right to participate in electing government officials.
Women and the Suffrage Movement
Last updated: August 15, 2019