Celebrating Women in History
The women’s suffrage movement began in 1840 with a small conversation between Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. They met at an anti-slavery convention in London that refused to seat female delegates. Stanton and Mott privately discussed wanting a convention to address the problem of women’s rights.
In 1848, a social gathering brought together Elizabeth Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Martha Wright, Mary Ann McClintock, and Jane Hunt. All five women were familiar with anti-slavery and temperance conventions, and four women were Quakers. Together, they decided to organize the Seneca Falls Convention to discuss the “social, civil, and religious condition and rights of women.”
Years later, in 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified, which "prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex."
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