In 1870, at the national woman's rights convention called to mark the twentieth anniversary of the first such gathering, Lucretia Mott affirmed "it was of great importance to the future work that this history be preserved." She felt "that we had lost in not having kept more careful record of the progress of the work."

The year 2000 will mark the 150th anniversary of that first National Woman's Rights Convention. And, since the need for historical perspective is even greater today, the Worcester Women's History Project will both commemorate the first convention -- with a 90 minute re-enactment at Mechanics Hall in the city of Worcester, MA on Saturday, October 21, 2000 C.E. and sponsor a contemporary convention the following day to assess where we stand today and where we want to stand tomorrow.

The woman's rights advocates of 1850 sought:

They strove to advance "the claim of woman and all her natural and civil rights" and "to remember the 1.5 million slave women and advocate for their share of these rights."

 

Put yourself there. Discover the progress made, the issues still unresolved, and the new challenges to be addressed!


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