The Seneca Falls Convention
The women’s Seneca Falls Convention was held in 1848 with the aim of calling to the attention the bondage and unfair treatment of women in society. It was the initial women’s rights convention held in the US under the organization of women who actively took part in the abolition and temperance movements. The main leaders of the convention were Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton (Wellman 3). In 1940, they met during the World Anti-Slavery Convention, but they could not be allowed to participate in the convention, which opened their eyes about the bondage of women.
The women who led the convention understood that freedom and liberty was anchored on enjoying the same rights in society like men because both genders are created equal. Women, like men, have inalienable rights given by the creator and should not be infringed. They also understood the need for the freedom from the injustices that men and the society inflicted upon them (Wellman 6). The women felt they had a duty to secure their freedom and liberty, including the rights to participate in the election processes.
The main tool that the feminists used to promote their cause was organization and petitioning. In this aspect, they called for the US women to come together and petition for their rights to be promoted and respected. The conventions backed the women’s suffrage movement. The efforts called upon the support of men to advance the course (Wellman 15). Involvement of the men played a critical role in the influence of the feminist movement in ensuring greater freedom and advancing the rights of women, including female enfranchisement.
Wellman, Judith. The Road to Seneca Falls: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the First Woman’s Rights Convention. University of Illinois Press, 2010.