Countless women longed for the right to vote in the elections, but countless women were denied that right. It was viewed that women were inferior, therefore it was not necessary for them to have suffrage. This sparked fury in two important women; Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
Women should be given the right to vote!
Thou will make us ridiculous! We must go slowly.
Mott and Stanton met at an anti-slavery convention. However much to their disgust, women were not allowed to speak at this meeting. They were actually physically separated from the men by a curtain, which is where Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Stanton met. Both had extensive knowledge on the unfair treatment of women and decided to join forces.
Hello there! It's great to meet someone with the same views.
Hello, Elizabeth. My name is Susan B. Anthony.
After eight years passed, the women met up again over tea at Mott's sister's home. They had decided to host a convention in Seneca Falls, New York. Together, they issued a notice to a local newspaper about this women's convention. Over 300 people showed up, and 40 of those people were men. Their equal rights proposal, Declaration of Sentiments, was modeled after the Declaration of Independence.
All men and women were created equal!
Ain't I a woman?
At the convention, Stanton cried out her wish for women to be granted suffrage. The crowd did not take this well and even Mott exclaimed that her proposal would be too crazy too soon. However Frederick Douglass, an anti-slavery protester, spoke out that black men should have the right to vote, therefore black women should as well; and so should other women.
No! She is right!
At the convention, Stanton befriended Susan B Anthony and the two made a great team. The Seneca Convention left a fantastic legacy for the generations to come. It allowed for many fantastic women to come forward and speak out against the injustice forced upon women.
These are some of the amazing, wonderful women that stepped forward out of the dark to win equal rights for women. This courageous group includes Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucretia Mott. However, there were countless other activists that helped the cause.