July 19th – 20th, in Seneca Falls, New York, men and women gathered for what is now known as the first women’s rights convention. The gathering was organized and hosted by a group of Quaker women from the area, with the goal of discussing “the social, civil, and religious condition and rights of woman.” There were 300 in attendance.
During the convention, a document was submitted, debated, edited, and, ultimately, made available for those in agreement to sign. This “Declaration of Sentiment” was then used in launching the women’s suffrage movement. Of the 300 convention attendees, 100 signed their names to the document, with a majority of signatures belonging to women.
I have added the text of the “Declaration of Sentiment” to the bottom of this post and I’d like to ask you to take five minutes to really read it. I dare you not to tear up as you consider the heaviness of life carried by the authors as they penned each word.
Fast forward over 150 years and today is “Women’s Equality Day.” The blood, sweat, and tears that so many brave women poured out as they fought for women’s rights in our country are to be remembered and honored. Political affiliations aside, there is a woman running for the office of President and that reality is freaking awesome. We’ve come a long way. Read More