Elizabeth Cady Stanton "Caged Lioness"
Elizabeth Cady Stanton felt like a "caged lioness" pacing her home caring for her baby and household. Inspired by the Declaration of Independence, she said, "all men and women are created equal". She believed that women should have rights to vote, own property, and keep their wages. She helped organize the first Women's Rights Convention
Harriet Tubman "The Moses of Her People"
Harriet Tubman escaped enslavement in Maryland before the Civil War. With a bounty on her head, she guided about 70 formerly enslaved persons to freedom. Tubman received assistance on the Underground Railroad network from Martha Wright, an organizer of the first Women's Rights Convention. Tubman later settled in nearby Auburn, New York.
Built in 1843, the Wesleyan Chapel was the meeting place for the First Women's Rights Convention held in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York. The men and women in this convention adopted the Declaration of Sentiments, which declared 16 goals of
Martha and William Wright, Acting on Beliefs
Quaker Martha Wright was active in social movements. She helped to organize the first Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls. She provided shelter for freedom seekers on the Underground Railroad including Harriet Tubman. During the Civil War, Martha's son, William, a Union artillery officer, was wounded at Gettysburg during Pickett's Charge.
Frederick Douglass Human Rights Advocate
An early advocate of women's rights as well as abolition, Douglass attended the first Women's Rights Convention in 1848 and published the Declaration of Sentiments in his newspaper, The North Star. Decades later, two of Douglass' sons served in the Civil War in the famous 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment.
Last updated: May 6, 2017