This year marks the 170th anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848. Held at the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls, New York, on July 19 – 20, this event brought together almost 200 people to “discuss the social, civil, and religious condition and rights of women.” This convention can be regarded as the beginning of the women’s rights movement in the U.S., a movement that eventually led to passage of the 19th Amendment (1920), which gave women the right to vote, and to the drafting of the original Equal Rights Amendment (1923) and the Equal Rights Amendment 2 (2015). In recognition of the convention organizers’ contribution to the cause of equality under the law, the Humane Party dedicates National Civil Rights Day 2018 to the organizers of the Seneca Falls Convention, including Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Martha Wright, Mary Ann McClintock, and Jane Hunt.
If you have not already done so, the HP highly recommends visiting the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, which is situated where the original convention was held and includes a museum featuring many different artworks, photographs, and other material from key moments in women’s rights history. The on-site amphitheater features a fountain wall on which is inscribed the entirety of the Declaration of Sentiments, which was approved and signed by those who attended the convention.
National Civil Rights Day occurs each year on April 9 both to commemorate prior civil rights victories and to promote the cause of securing and empowering the civil rights of all U.S. citizens and residents.