At the Seneca Falls convention Elizabeth Cady Stanton sparked a heated debate by proposing that women be given the right to vote.
Many women, including Lucretia Mott, thought that this demand was too radical, that men would use it to make fun of the women’s other proposals.
Stanton, however, insisted that if women had the vote, they could put more pressure on government to accept their other demands.
She was backed by the African American abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who gave a compelling speech on everyone’s right to vote.
By a small margin, the convention passed Stanton’s resolution.
It was more than 70 years, however, before women won the right to vote in all elections.