Seneca Falls in Seneca County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Courageous Call for Equal Rights
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
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Civil Rights • Government & Politics • Notable Events • Women. In addition, it is included in the Elizabeth Cady Stanton series list.
Location. 42° 54.643′ N, 76° 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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Seneca Falls NY 13148, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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); Onward to the Vote (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Seneca Falls (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). Touch for a list and map 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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 19, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 7, 2008, by Bryan Olson of Syracuse, New York. This page has been viewed 1,357 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 7, 2008, by Bryan Olson of Syracuse, New York. 4. submitted on December 18, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.