Seneca Falls Convention
19th – 20th July 1848
The Seneca Falls Convention was the first convention on the rights of women in America. The convention discussed the civil, social and religious condition of women and provided a space for women to speak in public during a time when society frowned on such activities.
Spanning two days, the convention was organised by women from the local Quaker group and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The Convention included speeches and debates, some becoming heated, and the creation of a document calling for more freedom for women, including the right to vote. The response to the Convention was mixed. Many people saw it favourably and actively supported the proceeding declaration. However, despite the conference being organised and run by Quakers many religious minsters denounced the gathering and it’s aims. The success of the Convention was such that it became an annual event, attracting women from all over the country until the outbreak of the American Civil War. Other Conventions where set up around the country emulating the example of Seneca Falls and so began a national movement for Woman’s Rights.
Regarded by many as the beginning of the fight for female equality in the United States the convention stands as a key landmark in the history of feminism.
A Prayer for the Seneca Falls Convention:
Lord God, Mother of us all, we give thanks for those who have gone before us and fought for the rights we currently take for granted. We pray for all those who continue to fight for the rights of women around the world and pray for the places where women are still oppressed. Inspire in us the same desire for justice as was found at the Convention that we too might stand up for what is right. We ask all this in the Name of Your most Holy Son. Amen
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