Saturday, July 19, 2008

Seneca Falls and the Right to Vote

The Seneca Falls Convention, July 19 to July 20, 1848, was the first women's rights convention held in the United States. The convention leaders, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, were later joined by Susan B. Anthony, Carrie C. Catt, to work for the abolition of slavery (the 13th Amendment), temperance (prohibition of alchohol--the 18th Amendment), and women's suffrage, the Nineteenth Amendment. Because of the hard work of many brave women and men begun at Seneca Falls, Women have the right to vote!

The League of Women Voters honors the Nineteenth Amendment by educating voters about political issues and sponsoring candidates' debates. Members of the local chapters of the League of Women Voters attend Oath Ceremonies where they register many new citizens to vote.

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