Worcester Women's History Project

About Us


Abby Kelley Foster (1811-1887)

The Worcester Women's History Project is a non-profit volunteer organization founded in 1994 to raise awareness of the importance of the first National Woman's Rights Convention and to highlight the role of Worcester -- a center of radical abolitionist activity -- in the early women's rights movement.

The first National Woman's Rights Convention resolved to support "equality for all, without distinction of sex or color," setting it apart from others of its day. Contemporaries saw it as the beginning of the organized women's movement.

Like our foremother's before us, the WWHP has a commitment to both gender and racial equality and we strive to be as inclusive as possible in our organization and in our programs.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts recognizes the Worcester Women's History Project as a non-profit organization. It is governed by a set of bylaws that can only be amended at the annual membership meeting of the WWHP.

Members: Any interested persons and/or organizations who subscribe to the purposes of the WWHP may become members of the organization upon payment of dues ($25 per year). Members typically participate in WWHP activities by working on one of its committees and attending events.

Discover more about a misplaced piece of American history! To learn more about the first National Woman's Rights Convention held in Worcester in 1850, we suggest the following books:

McClymer, John F. This High and Holy Moment: The First National Woman's Rights Convention, Worcester, 1850. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1999.

Moran, Karen Board. Window on the Past: Revisiting the First National Woman's Rights Convention. Sutton, MA: Burbank Educators, 1998.

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