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Monday, October 24, 2011

Oct 24th

On this day and the 23rd in 1850, the First National Women's Rights Convention,took place in Worcester, Massachusetts. This convention was the follow up to the Secca Falls Convention 1848. In May of 1850, after a Anti-Slavery meeting in Boston, Mass. an announcement asked any who were interested in help planning the Women's Rights's Convention stay behind and meet. Two men and nine women stayed behind. They decided to gather signatures and if they had enough they would hold the convention in October. The her-story of the National Women's Rights's Conventions were held every year in October in several northern states until the Civil War. After the Civil War, the National Women's Rights Convention gathered in back in New York.
And as Elizabeth Cady Staton put it:
"If serfdom, peasantry, and slavery have shattered kingdoms, deluged continents with blood, scattered republics like dust before the wind, and rent our own Union asunder, what kind of a government, think you, American statesmen, you can build, with the mothers of the race crouching at your feet...?

On this day in 1901: Anna Edson Taylor,"... went over Niagara Falls in a barrel, the first person to survive such a stunt." And I say of course a woman survived!