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The Anniversary of the First Women’s Rights Convention

Elizabeth Cady Stanton presented the Declaration of Sentiments, a document modeled after the Declaration of Independence that called for moral, economic, and political equality for women, at the Seneca Falls Convention on July 19 and 20, 1848. An estimated three hundred women and men attended the Convention, including Lucretia Mott and Frederick Douglass.

All of the resolutions within the Declaration passed easily, except for the one demanding that women be allowed to vote. Although that resolution narrowly passed, it wasn’t until 1920 that women were given the right to vote with the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment. Only one signer of the Declaration of Sentiments would live long enough to cast a vote in a U.S. election.

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