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For about 155 years dramatic social and legal changes have been accomplished that are now very accepted The staggering changes for women that have come about over these 155 years in family life in religion in government in employment in education did not just happen spontaneously Women themselves made these changes happen very deliberately Women have not been the passive recipients of miraculous changes in laws and human nature Women have come together to affect these changes through meetings petition drives lobbying public speaking and nonviolent resistance They have worked very deliberately to create a better life for women in the United States The Womens rights movement is still going on today and has been an enduring issue in American Society The Womens Rights Movement began July 13 1848 On that day in upstate New York a young housewife and mother Elizabeth Cady Stanton was invited to tea with four women friends When the course of their conversation turned to the situation of women Stanton she described her discontent with the limitations placed on her own situation under Americas new democracy Women had not gained freedom even though theyd taken equally tremendous risks through those dangerous years This was not the first small group of women to have such a conversation but it was the first to plan and carry out a specific large-scale program Within two days of their afternoon tea together the small group had picked a date for their convention found a suitable location and placed a small announcement in the Seneca County Courier They called A convention to discuss the social civil and religious condition and rights of woman The gathering would take place at the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls on July 19 and 20 1848 Elizabeth Cady Stanton used the Declaration of Independence as the framework for what she titled the Declaration of Sentiments The same familiar words framed their arguments We hold these truths to
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