Women's Suffrage - 1848-1864
Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention - 1848
Seneca Falls 1848 saw the first meeting of women and a few men to call for rights for women. The meeting is often seen as the kick-off of the women's rights movement -- the first wave of feminism.
Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments
The text of the 1848 Women's Rights Declaration of Sentiments proclaimed at Seneca Falls, part of an extensive collection of articles about woman suffrage and the women's rights movement in America.
Women's Suffrage Biographies: Cast of Characters
Biographies of the women, including Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, Lucretia Mott and anti-suffragists, from your About Guide to Women's History.
Susan B. Anthony
Susan B. Anthony was not at the 1848 Seneca Falls convention, but she joined the suffrage movement soon after and gave her life to that effort.
National Woman's Rights Conventions
National Woman's Rights Conventions began in 1850. The Civil War disrupted the tradition, and the suffrage movement split meant that they did not continue.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
While she did not travel as widely for woman suffrage as Susan B. Anthony did, Stanton's writings and strategy helped shape the movement.
1848: Context of the First Woman's Rights Convention
In 1848, the first women's rights convention was held in Seneca Falls. What else was going on in the world, that puts this event into perspective?
Key early feminist and proponent of women's rights and woman suffrage. A biography and links to more information.
Lucy Stone was a key leader of the early woman's rights movement, and continued as a key leader of one wing of the movement until the late 19th century.
Sojourner Truth: preacher, anti-slavery and women's rights crusader, known for her "Ain't I a Woman" speech. Biography and links.
Two Suffrage Movements - Martha Gruening
This article originally appeared in the September 1912 issue of The Crisis. It addresses the historical ties of the suffrage movement to the anti-slavery movement and regrets the later move away from defending racial justice. Martha Gruening, a white woman, worked for such causes as racial justice and peace.
Woman and Her Wishes - 1853
An extended argument for women's rights, written in 1853 by Thomas Wentworth Higginson (later of Civil War fame, and discoverer and editor of Emily Dickinson's poetry).
Not For Ourselves Alone
On the 1999 Ken Burns documentary on Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.
Seneca Falls Resolutions
The 1848 Seneca Falls Woman's Rights Convention adopted a series of Resolutions. All passed unanimously except one.
Mocking Women's Rights
Women's rights activists were often met with derision and satire by the press. Here's an example, in an 1859 cartoon mocking that year's Woman's Rights Convention.
Address, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1853
"Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Address, First Annual Meeting of the Woman's State Temperance Society, Rochester, New York, June 1, 1853."
Prayer of One Hundred Thousand
Speech by Charles Sumner in the U.S. Senate, February 9, 1864, on being presented with petitions from the Woman's National League.
Reminiscences of Sojourner Truth
Reminiscences by Frances D. Gage of Sojourner Truth, Akron Convention, Akron, Ohio, May 28-29, 1851. Includes the account of Truth's famous "Ain't I a Woman?" speech.
Woman's National Loyal League Meeting
"Resolutions and Debate, Woman's National Loyal League Meeting, New York City, May 14, 1863." Opens with a statement by Susan B. Anthony.