American History 1785 - 1849

United States History Seneca Falls - Women's Rights

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 supposed to stay home and take care of the house and children.
Northwest Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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.

Lucretia Coffin Mott

Lucretia Coffin Mott


Year after year a convention was held in a different city. Women were not allowed to vote for another 72 years in 1920.