National Women's Rights Convention

National Women's Rights Convention

The National Women's Rights Convention was an annual series of meetings that increased the visibility of the early women's rights movement in the United States. First held in 1850 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the National Women's Rights Convention combined both male and female leadership, and attracted a wide base of support including temperance advocates and abolitionists. Speeches were given on the subjects of equal wages, expanded education and career opportunities, women's property rights, marriage reform and temperance. Chief among the concerns discussed at the convention was the passage of laws that would give suffrage to women.


Frederick Douglass was strongly in favor of women's right to vote.

In 1840, Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton traveled with their husbands to London for the first World Anti-Slavery Convention, but the women were not allowed to participate. Mott and Stanton became friends, and together planned to organize their own convention to further the cause of women's rights. It wasn't until the summer of 1848 that Mott, Stanton, and three other women would be able to call together the hastily-organized Seneca Falls Convention, attended by some 300[1] people over two days, including about 40 men. The resolution on the subject of votes for women caused dissension until Frederick Douglass took the platform with a passionate speech in favor of having a suffrage statement within the proposed Declaration of Sentiments. One hundred of the attendees subsequently signed the Declaration.

Signers of the Declaration of Sentiments hoped for "a series of Conventions, embracing every part of the country" to follow their own meeting. Because of the fame and drawing power of Lucretia Mott, who wouldn't be visiting the Upstate New York area for much longer, a regional Woman's Rights Convention was held two weeks later in Rochester, New York with Mott as featured speaker. In the next two years, "the infancy of the movement", local and state women's rights conventions were called in Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania.[2]


Paulina Kellogg Wright Davis organized and presided over the first two conventions, and coordinated communications throughout.

In May 1850, at the conclusion of the annual Anti-Slavery Society meeting in Boston, an announcement was made for those interested to stay behind and help plan for a women's rights convention, one with a national focus. Two men and nine women took part in the discussion, including Wendell Phillips, William Lloyd Garrison, Harriot Kezia Hunt, Paulina Kellogg Wright Davis, Abby Kelley Foster and Lucy Stone.[3] Worcester, Massachusetts was determined as the convention site, if enough signatures could be gathered to warrant further action. Stone was named secretary, and signed her name to begin a list of supporters. Davis and Stone sent preliminary letters out to like-minded citizens and received enough positive responses to publish in all the major newspapers an official call for national convention supported by 89 names, topped by Stone's. Making up the 89 were 36 from Massachusetts, 18 from Pennsylvania, 17 from New York, eleven from Rhode Island, six from Ohio and one from Maryland.[4] The convention was to take place at Brinley Hall on October 23–24, 1850.

Davis and Stone intended to work together throughout the summer to arrange the details of the meeting, write letters, set an agenda, and determine who would speak. Stone wrote to invite her best friend Antoinette Brown, saying "We need all the women who are accustomed to speak in public – every stick of timber that is sound."[5] She related that she had also invited Lucretia Mott, and avowed that only "iron necessity" could keep Stone herself from the convention.[5] Stone, however, was called away to Illinois on serious family duty, attending to the illness and then the funeral of her brother followed shortly by the funeral of his stillborn son. Stone herself caught typhoid fever and nearly died, finally making it back to Massachusetts in mid-October in a weakened state.[5]

Prior to leaving for Illinois, Stone asked Davis to carry the full burden of planning the convention. Davis sent letters to prominent liberal thinkers such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who sent her regrets along with a letter of support and a speech to be read in her name. Stanton wished to stay at home because she would be in the late stages of pregnancy.[6]

1850 in Worcester

At the convention, some 900 showed up for the first session, men forming the majority, with several newspapers reporting over a thousand attendees by the afternoon of the first day,[6] and more turned away outside.[5] Delegates came from eleven states, including one delegate from California – a state only a few weeks old.[7]

Lucy Stone helped organize the first eight national conventions, and presided over the seventh.

The meeting was called to order by Sarah H. Earle, wife of the editor of The Worcester Spy. Paulina Kellogg Wright Davis was chosen president; she then delivered the keynote address,[8] calling for "the emancipation of a class, the redemption of half the world, and a conforming re-organization of all social, political, and industrial interests and institutions."[6] A variety of speakers took the platform to address the crowd, including William Lloyd Garrison, Reverend William Henry Channing, Wendell Phillips, Harriot Kezia Hunt, Ernestine Rose, Antoinette Brown, Sojourner Truth, Stephen Symonds Foster and Abby Kelley Foster, Abby H. Price, Lucretia Mott and Frederick Douglass.[8] Stone stayed in the background until the final meeting, when she was persuaded to take the stage. She encouraged the assemblage to lobby their state legislatures in favor of women's property rights, saying

We want to be something more than the appendages of Society; we want that Woman should be the coequal and help-meet of Man in all the interest and perils and enjoyments of human life. We want that she should attain to the development of her nature and womanhood; we want that when she dies, it may not be written on her gravestone that she was the "relict" of somebody.[8]

Attendee Horace Greeley was so moved by her oratory that he published a favorable account of the proceedings in his New York Tribune. Later, Susan B. Anthony identified Greeley's especially admiring description of Stone's speech as the catalyst for her own involvement in the women's cause.[9] Other observers were not so kind. The New York Herald made extensive fun of the meetings,[10] calling the attendees "that motley gathering of fanatical radicals, of old grannies, male and female, of fugitive slaves and fugitive lunatics, called Woman's Rights Convention."[8]

Stone paid to have the proceedings of the convention printed as booklets; she would repeat this practice after each of the next six annual conventions. The booklets were sold at her lectures and at subsequent conventions[8] as Woman's Rights Tracts.[11]

In England, a copy of the Tribune article inspired Harriet Taylor to write The Enfranchisement of Women.[12] Harriet Martineau wrote a letter to Davis in August 1851 to thank her for sending a copy of the proceedings, and mentioned seeing in a radical English quarterly The Enfranchisement of Women authored by, she thought, John Stuart Mill. Martineau wrote "I hope you are aware of the interest excited in this country by that Convention, the strongest proof of which is the appearance of an article on the subject in the The Westminster Review ...I am not without hope that this article will materially strengthen your hands, and I am sure it can not but cheer your hearts."[13]

1851 in Worcester

A second national convention was held October 15–16, 1851, again in Brinley Hall, with Paulina Kellogg Wright Davis presiding. Harriet Kezia Hunt and Antoinette Brown gave speeches, while a letter from Elizabeth Cady Stanton was read. Lucretia Mott served as an officer of the meeting.[2]

Wendell Phillips spoke powerfully at many conventions, and was in charge of the finances.

Wendell Phillips made a speech which was so persuasive that it would be sold as a tract until 1920:[11]

Throw open the doors of Congress; throw open those court-houses; throw wide open the doors of your colleges, and give to the sisters of the De Staëls and the Martineaus the same opportunity for culture that men have, and let the results prove what their capacity and intellect really are. When woman has enjoyed for as many centuries as we have the aid of books, the discipline of life, and the stimulus of fame, it will be time to begin the discussion of these questions: "What is the intellect of woman?" "Is it equal to that of man?"[14]

Elizabeth Oakes Smith, journalist, author, and member of New York's literary circle, attended the 1850 convention, and in 1851 was asked to take the platform. Afterward, she defended the Convention and its leaders in articles she wrote for the New York Tribune.[15]

Abby Kelley Foster gave testimony to the persecution she had suffered as a woman: "My life has been my speech. For fourteen years I have advocated this cause by my daily life. Bloody feet, sisters, have worn smooth the path by which you have come hither."[16] Abby H. Price spoke about prostitution, as she had the year before, arguing that too many women fell to prostitution because they did not have the job opportunities or education that men had.[16]

A letter was read from two imprisoned French feminists, Pauline Roland and Jeanne Deroin, saying "Your courageous declaration of Woman's Rights has resounded even to our prison, and has filled our souls with inexpressible joy."[17]

Ernestine Rose gave a speech about loss of identity in marriage that Davis later characterized as "unsurpassed". Rose said of woman that "At marriage she loses her entire identity, and her being is said to have become merged in her husband. Has nature thus merged it? Has she ceased to exist and feel pleasure and pain? When she violates the laws of her being, does her husband pay the penalty? When she breaks the moral law does he suffer the punishment? When he satisfies his wants, is it enough to satisfy her nature?...What an inconsistency that from the moment she enters the compact in which she assumes the high responsibility of wife and mother, she ceases legally to exist and becomes a purely submissive being. Blind submission in women is considered a virtue, while submission to wrong is itself wrong, and resistance to wrong is virtue alike in women as in man."[17]

1852 in Syracuse

Lucretia Mott was a guiding light of the conventions, and presided over two of them.

For the third convention, the city hall in Syracuse, New York was selected as the site. Because Syracuse was nearer to Seneca Falls (two days' travel by horse, several hours' journey by rail[18]), more of the original signers of the Declaration of Sentiments were able to attend than the previous two conventions in Massachusetts. Lucretia Mott was named president; at one point she felt it necessary to silence a minister who offended the assembly by using biblical references to keep women subordinate to men.[2] A letter from Elizabeth Cady Stanton was read and its resolutions voted on.[2] At sessions taking place September 8–10, 1852, Susan B. Anthony and Matilda Joslyn Gage made their first public speeches on women's rights.[19] Ernestine Rose spoke denouncing duties without rights, saying "as a woman has to pay taxes to maintain government, she has a right to participate in the formation and administration of it."[20] Antoinette Brown called for more women to become ministers, claiming that the Bible did not forbid it. Ernestine Rose stood up in response, saying that the Bible should not be used as the authority for settling a dispute, especially as it contained much contradiction regarding women.[21] Elizabeth Oakes Smith called for women to have their own journal so that they could become independent of the male-owned press, saying "We should have a literature of our own, a printing press and a publishing house, and tract writers and distributors, as well as lectures and conventions; and yet I say this to a race of beggars, for women have no pecuniary resources."[22] Antoinette Brown lectured about how masculine law can never fully represent womankind.[23] Lucy Stone wore a trousered dress often referred to as "bloomers", a more practical style she had picked up during the summer after meeting Amelia Bloomer. She spoke to say "The woman who first departs from the routine in which society allows her to move must suffer. Let us bravely bear ridicule and persecution for the sake of the good that will result, and when the world sees that we can accomplish what we undertake, it will acknowledge our right."[24] The Syracuse Weekly Chronicle was impressed less by her costume than by her electrifying address, printing "Well, whether we like it or not, little woman, God made you an ORATOR!"[25]

Reverend Lydia Ann Jenkins of Geneva, New York spoke at the convention and asked, "Is there any law to prevent women voting in this State? The Constitution says 'white male citizens' may vote, but does not say that white female citizens may not."[26] The next year, Jenkins was chosen member of the committee tasked with framing the issue of suffrage before the New York Legislature.[27]

A motion was made to form a national organization for women, but after animated discussion, no consensus was reached. Elizabeth Smith Miller suggested the women form organizations at the state level, but even this milder suggestion met with opposition. Paulina Kellogg Wright Davis said "I hate organizations... they cramp me."[28] Lucretia Mott concurred, saying "the seeds of dissolution be less likely to be sown." Angelina Grimké Weld, Thomas M'Clintock and Wendell Phillips agreed, with Phillips saying "you will develop divisions among yourselves."[28] No national organization was to form until after the Civil War.[28]

1853 in Cleveland

At Melodean Hall in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 6–8, 1853, William Lloyd Garrison spoke to say "...the Declaration of Independence as put forth at Seneca Falls....was measuring the people of this country by their own standard. It was taking their own words and applying their own principles to women, as they have been applied to men."[2]

Frances Dana Barker Gage was surprised to be chosen president, saying "...I have never in my life attended a regular business meeting..."[29]

Earlier in the year, a regional Women's Rights Convention in New York City had been interrupted by unruly men in the audience, with most of the speakers being unheard over shouts and hisses. Organizers of the fourth national convention were concerned that a repetition of that mob scene not take place. In Cleveland, objections were raised regarding Bible interpretations, and orderly discussion proceeded.[2]

Frances Dana Barker Gage served as president for the 1,500 participants. Lucretia Mott, Amy Post, and Martha Coffin Wright served as officers; James Mott served on the business committee, and Lucretia Mott called the meeting to order.[2]

In a letter read aloud, William Henry Channing suggested that the convention issue its own Declaration of Women's Rights and petitions to state legislatures seeking woman suffrage, equal inheritance rights, equal guardianship laws, divorce for wives of alcoholics, tax exemptions for women until given the right to vote, and right to trial before a jury of female peers. Lucretia Mott moved the adoption of the Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments, which was read to the convention, debated, then referred to a committee to draft a new declaration. Antoinette Brown, William Lloyd Garrison, Lucretia Mott, Ernestine Rose and Lucy Stone worked to shape a new declaration, and the result was read at the end of the meeting, but was never adopted.[2]

The Plain Dealer printed an extensive account of the convention, opining of Ernestine Rose that she "is the master-spirit of the Convention. She is described as a Polish lady of great beauty, being known in this country as an earnest advocate of human liberty."[30] After commenting on the bloomer costume worn by Lucy Stone, The Plain Dealer continued: "Miss Stone must be set down as a lady of no common abilities, and of uncommon energy in the pursuit of a cherished idea. She is a marked favorite in the Conventions."[30]

1854 in Philadelphia

Ernestine Louise Rose spoke at many conventions, and was chosen president in 1854.

At Sansom Street Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania over three days October 18–20, 1854, Ernestine Rose was chosen president in spite of her atheism. Susan B. Anthony supported her, saying "every religion – or none – should have an equal right on the platform".[31] Rose spoke out to the gathering, saying "Our claims are based on that great and immutable truth, the rights of all humanity. For is woman not included in that phrase, 'all men are created...equal'?....Tell us, ye men of the nation...whether woman is not included in that great Declaration of Independence?"[2] She continued "I will no more promise how we shall use our rights than man has promised before he obtained them, how he would use them."[32]

Susan B. Anthony spoke to urge attendees to petition their state legislatures for laws giving women equal rights. A committee was formed to publish tracts and to place articles in national newspapers. Once again, the convention could not agree on a motion to create a national organization, resolving instead to continue work at the local level with coordination provided by a committee chaired by Paulina Kellogg Wright Davis.[2]

Henry Grew took the speaker's platform to condemn women who demanded equal rights. He described examples from the Bible which assigned to women a subordinate role. Lucretia Mott flared up and debated him, saying that he was selectively using the Bible to put upon women a sense of order that originated in man's mind. She said "The pulpit has been prostituted, the Bible has been ill-used... Instead of taking the truths of the Bible in corroboration of the right, the practice has been to turn over its pages to find examples and authority for the wrong."[28] Mott cited Bible passages that proved Grew wrong. William Lloyd Garrison stood up to halt the debate, saying that nearly everyone present agreed that all were equal in the eyes of God.[33]

1855 in Cincinnati

Martha Coffin Wright served twice as president.

At Smith & Nixon's Hall in Cincinnati, Ohio on October 17–18, 1855, Martha Coffin Wright presided over the standing room only crowd. Wright, a younger sister of Lucretia Mott and a founding member of the first Seneca Falls Convention, contrasted the large hall packed with supporters to the much smaller gathering in 1848, called "in timidity and doubt of our own strength, our own capacity, our own powers."[2]

Antoinette Brown, Ernestine Rose, Josephine Sophia White Griffing[34] and Frances Dana Barker Gage spoke to the crowd, listing for them the achievements and progress made thus far.[2] Lucy Stone spoke for the right of each person to establish for themselves which sphere, domestic or public, they should be active in.[33] A heckler interrupted the proceedings, calling female speakers "a few disappointed women."[16] Stone responded with a retort that became widely quoted, saying that yes, she was indeed a "disappointed woman." "...In education, in marriage, in religion, in everything, disappointment is the lot of woman. It shall be the business of my life to deepen this disappointment in every woman's heart until she bows down to it no longer."[16]

1856 in New York

Antoinette Brown Blackwell was the first female minister ordained in the United States.

At the Broadway Tabernacle in New York City on November 25–26, 1856, Lucy Stone served as president, and recounted for the crowd the recent progress in women's property rights laws passing in nine states, as well as a limited ability for widows in Kentucky to vote for school board members. She noted with satisfaction that the new Republican Party was interested in female participation during the 1856 elections. Lucretia Mott encouraged the assembly to use their new rights, saying, "Believe me, sisters, the time is come for you to avail yourselves of all the avenues that are opened to you."[2]

A letter was read aloud from Antoinette Brown Blackwell: "Would it not be wholly appropriate, then, for this National Convention to demand the right of suffrage for her from the Legislature of each State in the Nation? We can not petition the General Government on this point. Allow me, therefore, respectfully to suggest the propriety of appointing a committee, which shall be instructed to prepare a memorial adapted to the circumstances of each legislative body; and demanding of each, in the name of this Convention, the elective franchise for woman."[35] A motion was passed approving of the suggestion, and Wendell Phillips recommended that women in each state be contacted and encouraged to take the memorial petition to their respective legislative bodies.[35]

1858 in New York

Susan B. Anthony spoke at every convention from 1852 onward, and served as president in 1858.

For the eighth and subsequent national conventions, the meetings were changed from various dates in autumn to a more consistent mid-May schedule. 1857 was skipped – the next meeting was held in 1858. At Mozart Hall in New York City on May 13–14, 1858, Susan B. Anthony held the post of president. William Lloyd Garrison spoke, saying "Those who have inaugurated this movement are worthy to be ranked with the army of martyrs…in the days of old. Blessings on them! They should triumph, and every opposition be removed, that peace and love, justice and liberty, might prevail throughout the world."[2] Garrison proposed not only that women should serve as elected officials, but that the number of female legislators should equal that of male.[2]

Frederick Douglass took the stage to speak after repeated calls from the audience. Lucy Stone, Reverend Antoinette Brown Blackwell (now married to Samuel Charles Blackwell), Reverend Thomas Wentworth Higginson and Lucretia Mott were among those that spoke.[2] Stephen Pearl Andrews startled the assemblage by advocating free love and unconventional approaches to marriage. He hinted at birth control by insisting that women should have the right to put a limit on "the cares and sufferings of maternity."[16] Eliza Farnham presented her view that women were superior to men, a concept that was hotly debated. The convention, marred by interruption and rowdyism, "adjourned amid great confusion."[2]

1859 in New York

Held again at Mozart Hall in New York City on May 12, 1859, the ninth national convention opened with Lucretia Mott presiding. Caroline Wells Healey Dall read out the resolutions including one intended to be sent to every state legislature, urging that body to "secure to women all those rights and privileges and immunities which in equity belong to every citizen of a republic."[2]

Another unruly crowd made it difficult to hear the speeches of Antoinette Brown Blackwell, Caroline Dall, Lucretia Mott and Ernestine Rose. Wendell Phillips stood to speak and "held that mocking crowd in the hollow of his hand."[2]

1860 in New York

At the Cooper Union in New York City on May 10–11, 1860, the tenth national convention of 600–800 attendees was presided over by Martha Coffin Wright. A recent legislative victory in New York was praised, one which gave women joint custody of their children and sole use of their personal property and wages.[2]

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony helped establish the first national organization of women, the Woman's National Loyal League.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Antoinette Brown Blackwell moved to add a resolution calling for legislation on marriage reform; they wanted laws that would give women the right to separate from or divorce a husband who had demonstrated drunkenness, insanity, desertion or cruelty. Wendell Phillips argued against the resolution, fracturing the executive committee on the matter. Susan B. Anthony also supported the measure, but it was defeated by vote after a heated debate.[2]

Horace Greeley wrote in the Tribune that there were "One Thousand Persons Present, seven-eighths of them Women, and a fair Proportion Young and Good-looking."[36] Greeley, a foe of marriage reform, continued against Stanton's proposed resolution with a jab at "easy Divorce", writing that the word 'Woman' should be replaced in the convention's title with "Wives Discontented."[36]

Civil War and beyond

The coming of the American Civil War ended the annual National Women's Rights Convention and focused women's activism on the issue of emancipation for slaves. The New York state legislature repealed in 1862 much of the gain women had made in 1860. Susan B. Anthony was "sick at heart" but could not convince women activists to hold another convention focusing solely on women's rights.[2]

In 1863, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, recently moved to New York City, joined with Susan B. Anthony to send a call out, via the woman's central committee chaired by Paulina Kellogg Wright Davis, to all the "Loyal Women of the Nation" to meet again in convention in May. Forming the Woman's National Loyal League were Stanton, Anthony, Martha Coffin Wright, Amy Post, Antoinette Brown Blackwell, Ernestine Rose, Angelina Grimké Weld, and Lucy Stone, among others. They organized the First Woman's National Loyal League Convention at the Church of the Puritans in New York City on May 14, 1863, and worked to gain 400,000 signatures by 1864 to petition the United States Congress to pass the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery.[2]

1866 in New York

On May 10, 1866, the Eleventh National Woman's Rights Convention was held at Church of the Puritans, Union Square. Called by Stanton and Anthony and sponsored by the National Woman Suffrage Association, the meeting included Ernestine L. Rose, Wendell Phillips, Reverend John T. Sargent, Reverend Octavius Brooks Frothingham, Frances D. Gage, Elizabeth Brown Blackwell,[37] Theodore Tilton, Lucretia Mott, Martha C. Wright, Stephen Symonds Foster and Abbey Kelley Foster, Margaret Winchester and Parker Pillsbury, and was presided over by Stanton.[38]

A stirring speech against racial discrimination was given by African-American activist Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, in which she said "You white women speak here of rights. I speak of wrongs. I, as a colored woman, have had in this country an education which has made me feel as if I were in the situation of Ishmael, my hand against every man, and every man's hand against me."[39]

A few weeks later, on May 31, 1866, the first meeting of the American Equal Rights Association was held in Boston.[40]

1869 in Washington, D.C.

An event that was reported as "The twelfth regular National Convention of Women's Rights" was held on January 19, 1869. Prominent speakers included Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Senator Samuel Clarke Pomeroy, Parker Pillsbury, John Willis Menard and Doctor Sarah H. Hathaway. Doctor Mary Edwards Walker and a "Mrs. Harman" were seen in "male attire" actively passing back and forth between the audience and the stage.[41]

Stanton spoke heatedly with a prepared speech against those who had established "an aristocracy of sex on this continent."[42] "If serfdom, peasantry, and slavery have shattered kingdoms, deluged continents with blood, scattered republics like dust before the wind, and rent our own Union asunder, what kind of a government, think you, American statesmen, you can build, with the mothers of the race crouching at your feet...?"[43] Other speeches were off-the-cuff, and little record is known of them.[44]

See also



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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w National Park Service. Women's Rights. More Women's Rights Conventions. Retrieved on April 1, 2009.
  3. ^ McMillen, 2008, p. 106.
  4. ^ Kerr, 2007, p. 58.
  5. ^ a b c d Kerr, 2007, p. 59.
  6. ^ a b c McMillen, 2008. p. 108.
  7. ^ American National Biography. Stone, Lucy. Retrieved March 10, 2009.
  8. ^ a b c d e Kerr, 1995, p. 60.
  9. ^ Hays, 1961, p. 88.
  10. ^ The New York Herald, October 26, 1850. Woman's Rights Convention, page 1. Retrieved on April 1, 2009.
  11. ^ a b Blackwell, 1930, p. 100.
  12. ^ A Soul as Free as the Air: About Lucy Stone. Retrieved on March 18, 2009; Sunshine for Women. Book Summaries. The Enfranchisement of Women (1851), Harriet Taylor Mill. Retrieved on March 18, 2009.
  13. ^ Spender, 1983, p. 187.
  14. ^ Stanton et al, 1881, p. 228.
  15. ^ Spender, 1983, p. 377.
  16. ^ a b c d e McMillen, 2008, p. 110.
  17. ^ a b Brandeis University. Women's Studies Research Center. Ernestine Rose's speech at the Women's Rights Convention in Worcester, Massachusetts in October 15, 1851. Retrieved on April 1, 2009.
  18. ^ McMillen, 2008, p. 82.
  19. ^ Blackwell, 1930, p. 101.
  20. ^ Baker, 2002, pp. 36–37.
  21. ^ McMillen, 2008, p. 114.
  22. ^ Spender, 1983, pp. 377–378.
  23. ^ Spender, 1983, p. 378.
  24. ^ Stanton et al, 1881, p. 531.
  25. ^ New York Times. May 14, 1853. Lucy Stone. Retrieved on March 31, 2009.
  26. ^ Stanton et al, 1881, p. 530.
  27. ^ Stanton et al, 1881, p. 583.
  28. ^ a b c d McMillen, 2008, p. 113.
  29. ^ Stanton et al, 1881, p. 112.
  30. ^ a b Stanton et al, 1881, p. 145.
  31. ^ American Atheists. Ernestine Rose: A Troublesome Female. Retrieved on April 1, 2009.
  32. ^ Stanton et al, 1881, p. 376.
  33. ^ a b McMillen, 2008, p. 111.
  34. ^ Stanton et al, 1881, p. 163.
  35. ^ a b Stanton et al, 1881, p. 863.
  36. ^ a b Stanton et al, 1881, p. 740.
  37. ^ Western New York Suffragists. Antoinette Louisa Brown Blackwell. Retrieved on April 5, 2009.
  38. ^ University of California, Los Angeles. History Professor Ellen Carol DuBois. Woman's Rights Convention, New York City, May 10, 1866 including Address to Congress adopted by the Convention. Retrieved April 5, 2009.
  39. ^ Humez, Jean McMahon (2003). Harriet Tubman. The University of Wisconsin Press. p. 71. ISBN 0299191206. Retrieved April 5, 2009. 
  40. ^ Anthony, 1886, p. 266.
  41. ^ "The Women's Rights Convention at Washington.". New York Times. January 20, 1869. Retrieved April 5, 2009. 
  42. ^ Buhle, 1978, p. 250
  43. ^ Buhle, 1978, p. 252
  44. ^ Buhle, 1978, p. 249


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