Tuesday, March 3, 2009

March Is Women's History Month

Kick off Women's History Month by learning about the first Women's Rights Convention, which was held in Seneca Falls, N.Y., in July 1848. It was organized by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, two pioneers of women's rights. Stanton (pictured at left) authored the document Declaration of Sentiment, a women's version of the Declaration of Independence. Among other things, it called for the reversal of laws that prevented women from voting and owning property. Of the 300 participants who attended this convention, only 70 women and 30 men signed the Declaration of Sentiment -- but this historic meeting of minds was crucial in the movement toward women's suffrage and women's rights.

Lucretia Mott (pictured below) was one of many proponents of women's rights who also supported the abolition of slavery -- even going so far as to assist in the escape of fugitive slaves. The two women met while Mott was attending a meeting of Quaker abolitionists, and they decided to join forces in their efforts to win civil rights for slaves and women.

Visit the main campus Library's Women's History Month display for more inspiring stories, and check out some materials related to this topic. And don't miss the biographies of other women's rights activists available on the Credo Reference and History Resource Center databases.

Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women’s Rights Movement
by Sally Gregory McMillen
HQ 1418 .M36 2008 Stacks

The Essential Feminist Reader
by Estelle B. Freedman
HQ 1154 .E77 2007 Stacks

The Solitude of Self: Thinking About Elizabeth Cady Stanton
by Vivian Gornick
HQ 1413 .S67 G67 2005 Stacks

The Road to Seneca Falls: A Story About Elizabeth Cady Stanton
by Gwenyth Swain
E-BOOK (Online)

Not For Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony [DVD]
by Ken Burns
HQ 1412 .W36 2003 Media Tower

Valiant Friend: The Life of Lucretia Mott
by Margaret Hope Bacon
HQ 1413 .M68 B33 Stacks

Women’s Rights
by Shasta Gaughen
HQ 1236 .W6526 2003 Stacks

Photo credits:

"Stanton, Elizabeth Cady, (1815 – 1902)." The Crystal Reference Encyclopedia. West Chiltington: Crystal Reference, 2005. Credo Reference. 26 February 2009 http://www.credoreference.com/entry/5756860/.

"Mott, Lucretia Coffin." Encyclopedia of Women Social Reformers. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2001. Credo Reference. 26 February 2009 http://www.credoreference.com/entry/8021940/.

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