The Legacy of Seneca Falls The Seneca Falls Convention helped to create an organized campaign for women’s rights. Sojourner Truth, who would later mesmerize an audience with her “Ain’t I a woman?” speech, became an active campaigner in the movement.
Stanton didn’t like speaking at conventions, but she could write powerful speeches. She befriended Susan B. Anthony, a reformer with a flair for public speaking. While Stanton stayed in Seneca Falls to raise her children, Anthony traveled from town to town, speaking for women’s rights. Of their lifelong teamwork, Stanton said, “I forged the thunderbolts, she fired them.”
Slowly, reformers for women’s rights made progress. New York gave women control over their property and wages. Massachusetts and Indiana passed more liberal divorce laws. Elizabeth Blackwell started her own hospital, which included a medical school to train other female doctors.
Other reforms, including the right to vote in all states, would take decades to become reality. Of all the women who signed the declaration at Seneca Falls, just one would live to vote for president legally: Charlotte Woodward.
Summary In this chapter, you read about the reform movements in the United States from about 1820 to 1850.