Today marks the 165th anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention where 300 women and men discussed “the social, civil and religious condition and rights of Woman.” It was during this time that the founding mothers of the women’s rights movement created the “Declaration of Sentiments,” which daringly demanded the right to vote.
In 1848 women could not file for divorce, own property or even manage their household finances. It is because of those two fateful days in 1848 that today, women are business owners, doctors, engineers and voters and politicians. Vision 2020 leaders and supporters stand on the shoulders of these women who demanded women’s equality at a time when it was unladylike for women to speak in public, much less question the government and its policies.
As Vision 2020 reflects on the courage and foresight of women such as Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, we ask ourselves what more can we do today to secure the economic and social rights of all women? And who from the next generation will stand on our shoulders?