In Seneca Falls, New York
on July 19 and 20, 1848 many women held a meeting. They demanded
their independence. The convention was held in Wesleyan Chapel.
When the women arrived no one could find the key to let them
inside, including the minister. The women were angry over this.
A small boy crawled into the chapel and opened the door. The
women were not allowed to vote, hold jobs, or go to most
colleges. They were suppose to stay home and take care of the
house and children.
Two women, Elizabeth
Cady Stanton and Lucretia Coffin Mott, decided it was time
for a women's right movement. At the meeting in Seneca
Falls the women wrote and published a Declaration of
Independence for Women asking to be treated equal to men.
Year after year a
convention was held in a different city. Women were not allowed
to vote for another 72 years in 1920.
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