Women’s Rights – 170 Years on from the Seneca Falls Convention

Today marks 170 years since the Seneca Falls Convention, an event organized by HFH’s own Lucretia Mott, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. At the convention, women declared their equality and right to vote.

Stanton read the “Declaration of Sentiments and Grievances.” Its preamble featured the proclamation, “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights…”

“Executive Committee of Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society”.  Mott is fifth in front row, white bonnet.

This event marked the beginning of the women’s suffrage movement.

Lucretia Mott, along with other women’s rights activists, are buried at HFH. We invite you to come sit under the shade of our large trees – its a peaceful place that will reenergize and recenter you in this time of uncertainty.

Check out the “On this day” post on History.com for an overview of the convention.






Below is an excerpt from “Discourse On Woman” by Lucretia Mott

The question is often asked, “What does woman want, more than she enjoys? What is she seeking to obtain? Of what rights is she deprived? What privileges are withheld from her? I answer, she asks nothing as favor, but as right, she wants to be acknowledged a moral, responsible being. She is seeking not to be governed by laws, in the making of which she has no voice.

You can read the full article here.


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