Seneca Falls Convention begins today in 1848. An announcement in the Seneca County Courier, July 14, 1848:

A Convention to discuss the social, civil, and religious condition and rights of women will be held in the Wesleyan Chapel, at Seneca Falls, N.Y., on Wednesday and Thursday, the 19th and 20th of July current; commencing at 10 o’clock A.M. During the first day the meeting will be exclusively for women, who are earnestly invited to attend. The public generally are invited to be present on the second day, when Lucretia Mott, of Philadelphia, and other ladies and gentlemen, will address the Convention.

Organized by two abolitionists, Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton who met at the 1840 World Anti-Slavery Convention in London. Barred from the convention floor due to their gender, they returned to the United States dedicating themselves to the promotion of women’s rights.