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1848
The First Women’s Rights Convention
The first women’s rights convention was held in Seneca Falls, NY, in 1848. While in 1776 the Declaration
of Independence stated, “All men are created equal,” it did not give women equal rights. Women could not
own property, have certain careers, or vote. By 1848, many women felt things needed to change!
Click on the blue links to answer the questions. Put your answers in red!
Seneca Falls Convention
1. What were the names of the two women who first had the idea of planning a
women’s convention?
2. What did Elizabeth Cady Stanton write that would define the meeting?
3. What did the Declaration of Sentiments list? How many were listed?
4. Stanton drafted eleven resolutions. What were they about?
5. Did a woman preside over the convention? Why or why not?
6. What resolution did Lucretia Mott play a large roll in convincing people to vote yes?
7. Which famous former slave from Rochester, NY, was at the convention and supported its
goals?
Sojourner Truth
Sojourner Truth was born a slave in about 1797 in New York State and became free when slavery was
abolished in New York in 1827. She then became famous as she travelled the country giving speeches
about slavery and as an advocate for women’s rights.
Please answer the following questions using the information found on this
link: Sojourner Truth
8. What was Sojourner Truth’s real name?
9. What was the name of the famous speech she gave on women’s rights at
a women’s convention in Ohio in 1851?
Read this famous speech given by Sojourner Truth on this link and answer the
question below:
Sojourner Truth's Speech
10. What is the tone of her speech?
11. What are three things Sojourner says women need help with but she has never had any
help?
12. How many children did she have and what happened to them?
Susan B. Anthony & Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Susan B. Anthony was born in February 15, 1820 in Adams, Massachusetts. She was raised in a Quaker
family with a long and strong history of being activists. Through her upbringing, she became very
interested in the ideas of justice for all. She decided to make it her life’s work to fight for equal rights for
women. Susan B. Anthony was convinced that women needed the vote if they were to influence public
affairs.
Answer the following questions about Susan B. Anthony using this link: Susan B.
Anthony
13. After moving to Rochester in 1845, Anthony’s family became involved in what movement?
14. Which amendment did she help try to get passed that would out-law slavery?
15. What newspaper did she publish? Where and it what year?
16. What was Anthony’s first paying job?
She fought for equal rights for women in education, too.
17. She helped force what university to allow women to attend? What year?
Anthony was also a labor activist.
18. List three things she believed workers should have a right to.
19. What was the temperance movement?
20. Why do you think Anthony felt strongly about temperance?
Susan B. Anthony is best known for being a suffragist.
21. Who was Anthony introduced to who was already very involved in the women's rights
movement?
22. What happened to Anthony in Rochester, NY in 1872 when she voted in an election?
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Would YOU want to mess with her?
Answer the following questions about Stanton using this link:
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
23. What movements was Stanton drawn into?
24. What event in London was the main reason Cady Stanton wanted to have a convention for
women in the US?