"Votes for Women!" :
​​​​​​​The Women's Suffrage Act


Women have always been deprived of basic rights that were only granted to men. Before the fight for women's suffrage, federally, women were not given any rights. Our country did not grant women any basic rights that men were given. However, the fight for women's rights only began in the 19th century, when the fight against slavery continued. Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were involved in the anti-slavery agenda until they decided that women should also join the fight for their rights. The world began its transition to a new frontier with this event. 

 July 1848 - Seneca Falls

Mott and Stanton decided to fight for women's rights and organized a convention in Seneca Falls, New York to educate people about the unfair treatment of women. 

“We are assembled to protest against a form of government, existing without the consent of the governed—to declare our right to be free as man is free, to be represented..." - Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The Beginning

The Seneca Falls Convention decided that women should fight for their right to vote and representation in government. This started the women's suffrage movement, which led to more women's conventions and protests. The Seneca Falls Convention document, Statement of Sentiments, explains the women's complaints and pleas. Lead author, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, said women must fight for their right to equal rights as American citizens.

The statement in the Constitution says, "We hold these truths for granted, that all men and women are created equal." The Declaration of Sentiments, inspired by the Declaration of Independence, proclaims equal rights for women in politics, education and the family.

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