July 19 in freethought history…

elizabethcadystantonJuly 19, 1848 – The Seneca Falls Convention–the first women’s rights convention–begins in Seneca Falls, New York. Attendees included luminaries such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Amelia Bloomer (whose efforts at making women’s clothing less restrictive, more comfortable and more utilitarian led to the word “bloomers”) and Frederick Douglass. Most notably, the convention issued the “Declaration of Sentiments,” a manifesto modeled on the Declaration of Independence, calling for the right to vote, to participate in legislation, to own and control property, and access to employment.

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