“There is a word that is sweeter than mother, home, and heaven. That word is Liberty.”
—Matilda Joslyn Gage.
For so many, this is very true, especially in the early 19th Century in the United States. The US had fought and won the Revolutionary War and while many were still basking in their newfound rights, there were still many that continued to fight for the rights they deserved and still did not have.
Women’s rights in the early 19th Century were not considered important. Women were still thought of as a being to 'be seen but not heard', but for many women, this was unacceptable, and rightly so.
In July 1848, a group of friends sat down and discussed their discontent that they, as women, were still being denied the basic rights within the US. In the span of two days, they decided to put together a convention, the first of its kind, “the convention to discuss the social, civil, and religious condition and rights of woman."
One of the women who stepped forward and led the movement was Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Staton was a leading force that planned the first convention, and drafted with assistance the “Declaration of Sentiments”. She, along with Susan B. Anthony and Matilda Joslyn Gage, later went on to form the “National Woman Suffrage Association”, in May of 1864.
These three women are just a few of the leading ladies who played major roles in acquiring the rights that women get to enjoy freedom today. Are you ready to walk in their shoes and tour the homes, churches, and local upstate New York structures that helped them all along the way? If so take a look at the details on our itinerary page and give us a call to get you and your group on the first steps of discovering history.
Here are the highlights of your tour:
- Susan B Anthony Museum and House
- Seneca Arts and Culture Center
- National Women's Hall of Fame
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton Home