Stanton was tired of being treated unfairly and knew other women were too. In 1848, she teamed up with activist Lucretia Mott and three others to plan a meeting. It would be held in Stanton’s hometown, Seneca Falls.
The two-day gathering began on July 19, 1848. About 300 people attended, including many men. They listened as Stanton read a document she had written called the Declaration of Sentiments. It was modeled after one of America’s founding documents, the Declaration of Independence. Stanton included a list of resolutions that spelled out many of the rights women were denied.
The people at the meeting agreed with nearly everything in the declaration, but one resolution caused a stir. When Stanton said that women should be able to vote, some people were shocked and angry. But she refused to remove that wording.
Stanton got support from the only Black person invited to the meeting. Frederick Douglass, a formerly enslaved man, was a well-known writer and activist. He said that without the right to vote, women would not be able to change unfair laws. In the end, that resolution stayed, and 100 people—including 32 men—signed the declaration.