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A Courageous Call for Equal Rights

 
 
A Courageous Call for Equal Rights Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Olson, May 24, 2008
1. A Courageous Call for Equal Rights Marker
Inscription. At first we traveled quite alone…but before we had gone many miles we came on the other wagon –load of women…and long before we reached Seneca Falls we were a procession.
Charlotte Woodward, about 1920

Here in the Wesleyan Chapel, at 11 a.m. on July 19, 1848, “A Convention to discuss the Social, Civil and Religious Condition of Women” came to order.

Only women attended the first day of the world’s First Women’s Rights Convention, Led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, conventioneers debated and amended the proposed Declaration of Sentiments. That evening, Lucretia Mott spoke publicly on emerging reform movements in the United States.

On the second day, organizers presented the Declaration of Sentiments to an open audience of women and men. Its expansive view of equality enlarged the vision embodied in the Declaration of Independence. “All men and women are created equal,” asserted the Seneca Falls declaration.

On July 20, 1848 one hundred men and women signed the Declaration of Sentiments. The decades-long, worldwide struggle for equal rights for women was on.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 42° 54.643′ N, 76° 
A Courageous Call for Equal Rights Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Olson, May 24, 2008
2. A Courageous Call for Equal Rights Marker
47.997′ W. Marker is in Seneca Falls, New York, in Seneca County. Marker is on Fall Street (U.S. 20) 0.1 miles west of Mynderse Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Seneca Falls NY 13148, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Great Lighthouse (here, next to this marker); Women's Rights National Park (a few steps from this marker); First Woman’s Rights Convention (within shouting distance of this marker); First Convention For Woman’s Rights (within shouting distance of this marker); The Historic Business District (within shouting distance of this marker); Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (within shouting distance of this marker); The Village of Seneca Falls (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The Village of Seneca Falls (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Seneca Falls.
 
More about this marker. This marker has a painting depicting the "First Women’s Rights Convention, July 19 and 20, 1848."
 
Also see . . .  Woman's Rights National Historical Park. (Submitted on June 7, 2008, by Bryan Olson of Syracuse, New York.)
 
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Wesleyan Chapel, site of the First Women's Rights Convention image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Olson, May 24, 2008
3. Wesleyan Chapel, site of the First Women's Rights Convention
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bryan Olson of Syracuse, New York. This page has been viewed 1,188 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bryan Olson of Syracuse, New York. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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