Elizabeth Cady Stanton was an abolitionist who wanted to take part in the first World's Anti Slavery Convention. However...
I have a right to speak too!
NO! You are a woman and you are not allowed to take part in this convention!
... and that's how Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton met and created the Seneca Falls Convention, the first women's right's convention in America.
This isn't fair! We should have the same rights as the men do!
You're right! We should make our own convention for women!
At the Seneca Falls Convention, the men and women who gathered created the "Declaration of Sentiments, " which was a document called for reforms in women's rights such. It was modeled after the Declaration of Independence.
"We hold these truth to be self evident; that all men AND women are created equal."
Unfortunately the Civil War interrupted the women's rights movement
After the Civil War, the 15th amendment was passed. It granted former male slaves the right to vote, which angered some of the women fighting for suffrage.
It's good that black men can vote now, but how come women were not included in this amendment?
This caused the women's right's movement to split in half. Two groups formed: the National Women's Suffrage Association (founded by Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Stanton) and the American Women's Suffrage Association (founded by Lucy Stone)
We need a new amendment that includes women.
We can keep the amendment, but we should work for reforms at the state level.