Okay, when it comes to holidays Women’s Equality Day isn’t one of the best known! But it is the anniversary of the day that the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote was added to the Constitution in 1920. It is amazing to me to think that less than 100 years ago many women in this country could not vote!
The start of the Women’s Rights movement is traced back to a convention in Seneca Falls NY in 1948. Now the Women’s Rights National Historic Park is on the site where the convention was held. I was in Seneca Falls a few weeks ago and stopped by the National Park for a quick visit.
I visited about 10 years ago, but it has expanded quite a bit. This is the Wesleyan Chapel, which was the site of the actual convention and has been restored.
In front of the Chapel is Declaration Park, which is a very pretty park the Declaration of Sentiments written on a wall underneath a steady flow of water.
This Declaration was published at the end of the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention, and is modeled on the Declaration of Independence. It was very controversial when it was published, and was signed by 68 women and 32 men who attended the convention, including such well known figures as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Fredrick Douglass.
I was there after hours, so I am going to have to go back to check out the Visitors Center and the houses like the Elizabeth Cady Stanton house. This is a lesser know National Park, but well worth the visit if you are in the area!