American women, led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, held their first large meeting to demand equal rights in 1848, in Seneca Falls, New York, but the seeds for the women’s movement were planted many years earlier.
From the early 1800s, women were active in a variety of women’s groups through which they became involved in social issues, began voicing their opinions, and gained leadership experience.
The first large meeting for women’s rights was triggered on a visit to upstate New York in 1848, when Lucretia Mott rekindled her friendship with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who was living in that area.
Stanton was unhappy with her isolated life, spent mostly taking care of her children and household matters.
She, Mott, and three other women decided to put a notice in a local paper calling for a two-day “women’s rights convention,” July 19-20, 1848, in Seneca Falls, New York.