The first women's rights
convention in the United States was held at the
Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Seneca Falls, New
York, July 19-20, 1848. It was attended by about
300 people, including about 40 men.
joined the woman suffrage movement after being
denied the opportunity to actively participate in
the temperance movement because of her gender.
was the author of The Feminine Mystique,
in which she called upon women to shed their
domestic confines and discover other meaningful
endeavors. In 1966 she helped found the National
Organization for Women, which worked to secure
women's rights in employment.
Irene Howard Nichols
got both Vermont and Kansas to pass legislation
guaranteeing a range of rights for women, but
failed to see women across the country gain the
right to vote.
was one of the organizers of the Seneca Falls
Convention. She subsequently served as president
of the National Woman Suffrage Association, and
then of the National American
Woman Suffrage Association.
was one of the first two female stock brokers in
America and, in 1872, the first woman in American
history to run for President.
was a pioneer of women's education and widows'
rights in India, founding a home for widows and
India's first university for women (SNDT Women's