Feminists Empowered At Latin With Modern-Day Seneca Falls

Noa Rosenberg Over two days in 1848, Seneca Falls, New York was home to the first women’s rights convention. Spearheaded by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, among others, and attended by famous figures like Frederick Douglass, the Seneca Falls Convention has gone down in history as a pioneering moment for feminism and women’s rights. Inspired by these incredible people and wanting to respond to recent events, fellow Junior Rishav Dasgupta and I decided to create a gathering of our own; a place for feminists of all backgrounds, gender identities, and parties to unite under the topic of women’s rights and discuss ways to move forward in an uncertain world. An environment in which to come together and feel heard, cared for, and empowered. Luckily (with a quick turnaround in mind), we were able to quickly secure a location, time, guest list, and even a representative from Planned Parenthood Illinois to join the group conversation as an expert in the field of reproductive rights. Unfortunately, the time to sign up for the event is over. However, as Seneca Falls incited the creation of many other conventions around the country, Rishav and I hope that this is not the last event of its kind, so if you missed out this round, look out for more announcements or reach out to us with questions or suggestions.   In the 1800s, things were changing; in 2016, things are changing. While a Seneca Falls Brunch obviously pales in comparison to its namesake and is unlikely to be written about by Alan Brinkley in a future edition of The Unfinished Nation, we hope to inspire the same unity, understanding, and support that the original did on a smaller scale.]]>