The Role Of Women During The Seneca Falls Convention

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Today, women citizens of the United States have the right to vote, own property, and run for political office, but do you what the daily lives for women was like before they were given their rights? It was not until the early 1800s, that people started realizing the inequality between men and women. Some women’s rights activists included Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frederick Douglass, and Lucretia Mott. They organized a gathering called the Seneca Falls Convention to fight for women’s rights and share their ideas to improve women’s lives. The Seneca Falls Convention was the first woman's rights convention that had a significant impact on the daily life of women. Its success led to more women’s rights papers and conventions, started the movement …show more content…

During the Seneca Falls Convention, the women tried to pass a resolution that stated, “That it is the duty of the women of this country to secure to themselves their sacred right to the elective franchise [the right to vote]” ( This effort caused a disagreement between the men and women who attended the Seneca Falls Convention. It was said that if the women paid taxes, they should have the right to vote. This is because they gave up part of their private resources, like men, to support the state. All citizens were entitled to vote if they paid taxes. In 1870, the Fifthteenth Amendment was passed which allowed all African American men to vote, excluding women from that right. The women were still in the process of arguing women’s right to vote while the African American men were granted the right to vote. Between 1868 and 1873, women went to polls in large groups to vote in Washington D.C., New England, New York, Ohio, and Michigan. The women assumed their votes would not be counted or impact the outcome, but they still wanted to have the experience of voting. The election officials took their ballots, allowed the women to have their pictures taken, and then sent their ballots to the local historical society. On August 26, 1920, about 70 years after the beginning of the women’s right to

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