During July 19-20 in 1848, over 300 people gathered for the first Women’s Rights Convention, a two-day event in Seneca Falls, New York. The outcome from a tea party several days earlier, Lucretia Mott, Martha Coffin Wright, Elizabeth Cady Stanton Mary Ann M’Clintock and Jane C. Hunt planned and publicized the meeting which would “discuss the social, civil and religious condition and rights of woman.” Women who attended the convention voted on 12 resolutions drafted by Stanton and members of the M’Clintock family. The most famous resolution was of course, the ninth, which stated that women deserved the right to vote. Of course, the rest is history.
Lucretia Mott was actually against that important resolution, according to the Huffington Post. She reportedly said to Stanton, “Why Lizzie, thee will make us ridiculous!” Good thing Stanton didn’t listen.
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