United States women’s rights convention in 1848

United States women’s rights convention in 1848

1848, First United States women’s rights convention

On this day during on July 19, 1848, the first United States women’s rights convention held in Seneca Falls, New York. Therefore, the Seneca Falls Convention organised by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

The Seneca Falls Convention

Meanwhile, the convention held two days July 19–20, 1848. It prompted itself as “a convention to discuss the social, civil, and religious condition and rights of woman”.

Declaration of Sentiments

The “Declaration of Sentiments” became the most important influence in spreading news of the women’s rights movement around the country in 1848 and into the future”.

Lucretia and Elizabeth

During, 1840, Lucretia and Elizabeth traveled with their husbands to London for the first World Anti-Slavery Convention. Because of both they were women they were not allowed to participate.

Lucretia and Elizabeth became friends there and agreed to organize a convention to further the cause of women’s rights.


Around 300 people attended over two days, including about 40 men for the Seneca Falls Convention.

First and Second day

In morning session Elizabeth spoke first and then Lucretia spoke.

Amelia Bloomer arrived in second day and larger crowd attended, including more men.


To end the convention, a committee was appointed to edit and publish the convention proceedings, with Amy Post, Eunice, Mary Ann M’Clintock, Elizabeth, W. M’Clintock, Stanton serving and Newton Foote.


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