Worcester, Mass., in the fall of 1850 for the first-ever National Women's Rights Convention. They came from as far away as California, then barely even a state, to make their voices heard on a national stage. This big event and subsequent national conventions would make leaders out of many women, some of whom had never before traveled far from home. It would also lead to friendships between activists in carious parts of the country and even Europe.Hundreds of activists headed to
Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton led the charge to hold a national women’s rights convention after they met at an anti-slavery conference where they weren’t allowed to participate. They organized a convention in Seneca Falls, N.Y., (now home to the National Women's Hall of Fame and the Women's Rights National Historic Park) attended by hundreds. Many of those attendees signed a declaration of Sentiments that included their belief that women should have the right to vote.
In early 1850, after a series of state and local conventions, a group of women’s rights activists (including prominent men from the anti-slavery movement) announced that they would be holding a national convention that fall. Some of the women endured harrowing trips to get there by stagecoach — one, Lucy Stone, caught typhoid en route from Indiana and barely survived. After the first convention attracted 900 participants, they organized subsequent ones in Ohio, New York and Washington, D.C.
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