The first women’s rights convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York on July 19 and 20, 1848, to discuss the social, religious, and civil conditions of women. The convention started by pointing out the most assumed right of man to be “that man should pursue his own true and substantial happiness.” (“Economic status of women,” 2018) The convention resolved that laws which prevent women from gaining true and substantial happiness would be “contrary to the great precept of nature, and therefore of no force or authority.” Other resolutions included that a woman is equal to a man as intended by the Creator; that men should have to behave with virtue, delicacy, and refinement as women are expected to behave; for women to have the right to vote in the election of public officers; and the right to teach subjects publicly and privately on morality and religion (First women’s rights convention, n.d.). The convention ends with a statement that the new view of degradation and oppression of half the people of the country will be objected, that agents shall be employed to petition the state and national legislatures and to voice these to the press. They voiced hope that future conventions would be embraced and that what is right and true would triumph.


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