Women's rights continue to be a hot-button issue, with the fight over abortion and equal pay between the sexes making waves nationwide. But in 1848, women were fighting for much more basic rights at the first-ever Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York. In the year of the 165th anniversary of the first convention, a celebration was held this weekend in the original site of the action to remember the efforts of these revolutionary women!
Melinda Grube, historian and Seneca Falls native, dressed up in period garb as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the pioneer feminist who was one of the original organizers of the 1848 conference. Grube had the chance to read the Declaration of Sentiments, the document written by Stanton at the time of the convention. What else went down? The convention also included discussions, performances, a closing dinner and even a 19th century inspired women's baseball game.
The weekend's events celebrated more than the strides that the women's rights movement has made in the past 165 years, but also the work that these groundbreaking feminists did in the first place. "In the past, history has swallowed women's accomplishments as if they never happened," Grube said. "But not this time. This time, they will remember." Standing up for what you believe in against all odds? That's something that's well worth remembering!
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