The year 2020 marks the centennial anniversary of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment granting women the constitutional right to vote. This historic anniversary provides a tremendous opportunity to celebrate and commemorate the trailblazers who set the stage for today, in the community where it all started--Seneca Falls, New York.
Seneca Falls, known as the "Birthplace of Women's Rights" was the home of the first Women's Rights Convention in 1848, which was held at the Wesleyan Chapel--located on Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY. Suffragists such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B Anthony, Lucretia Mott, Mary Ann M'Clintock, and many others joined together to help produce the "Declaration of Sentiments." This document, which was modeled after the U.S. Declaration of Independence, and was the blueprint which helped women attain the civil, social, political and religious rights that were equal to their male counterparts. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a Seneca Falls resident, was the principal author of the document, as well as key organizer of the convention.
Today, properties such as the Women's Rights National Historic Park and the National Women's Hall of Fame offer an experience to be able to relive HERstory through the eyes of historical and modern day trailblazers.
Speaking of modern day trailblazers--Seneca County, NY has a long list of prominent women who own and operate incredible businesses, but also continue to carry out the legacy of the suffragists before them.