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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: January 2020

Chapter 2 - Women Without the Vote


On July 19, 1848, some 300 women and men gathered at Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls, New York. They had traveled from as far as fifty miles away in response to an advertisement Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and three other women had placed in the Seneca County Courier just five days earlier, inviting the public to a “women’s rights convention.” After two days of speeches and deliberations, sixty-eight women and thirty-two men (one-third of those in attendance) signed the Declaration of Sentiments, modeled after the Declaration of Independence. The document identified grievances related to employment, marriage, and property, and directly critiqued women’s place in society, religion, and the home.