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Seneca Falls Convention

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on 5 November 2013

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Seneca Falls Convention
What were women trying to accomplish?

Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Elizabeth was a women's rights activist, feminist, editor and writer.
She was the daughter of a lawyer, and she graduated from Emma Willard's Troy Female Seminary in 1832.
In 1840 she married reformer Henry Stanton.
Lucretia Mott
When Lucretia was 13, she was sent to the Nine Partners Quaker Boarding School in New York.
After she graduated she became a teacher there.
Her interest in women's rights started when she found out that male staff were paid three times as much as female staff.
Seneca Falls Convention
Seneca Falls Convention was the first women's rights convention in the United States.
It was organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, and held in July 1848.
Stanton wrote the document that they debated and signed, and based the Declaration of Sentiments on the Declaration of Independence.
The Declaration of Sentiments demanded women were recognized as equals in the society.
Declaration of Sentiments
The Declaration of Sentiments was the document that was debated and signed at the Seneca Falls Convention.
The document used one of the sentences in the Declaration of Independence to their advantage; "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men and women are created equal..."
The Declaration of Independence states that all men are created equal.
What were women trying to accomplish?
Elizabeth Stanton and Lucretia Mott were fighting for equal rights for women because;
They were not paid equally
Men could legally beat their wives
They did not have the right to vote
Child custody laws favored men
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