Tides of the Past, Part 2: The Women’s Rights Convention and Paving the Way for the Vote

Tides of the Past, Part 2: The Women’s Rights Convention and Paving the Way for the Vote

Since the American Revolution, many women in the US were actively seeking equal treatment and rights. The first Women’s Rights Convention, also referred to as the Seneca Falls Convention took place on July 19-20, 1848. Inspired by this, the first Ohio Woman’s Convention took place on April 19-20, 1850, in Salem, Ohio. It was here that petitions were collected asking that women’s suffrage to be added to the state constitution and that the word “male” be deleted from Ohio’s constitution. Though neither of these resolutions passed, it was just the beginning of a long enduring battle for women’s rights in Ohio and the nation.

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Tides of the Past, Part 1: Connecting to the Suffrage Movement and Women’s History in Ohio

Tides of the Past, Part 1: Connecting to the Suffrage Movement and Women’s History in Ohio

What is more central to being an American than our right as citizens to vote? Some would argue this privilege is at the heart of it all. By voting, each of us can express our voice for the path of our entire nation. But according to the U.S. Census Bureau, less than half of Americans vote. Let’s spend the next few weeks looking at how half of the citizens of our country fought to even have a voice. Perhaps by connecting to their struggles and seeing that Ohio was at the heart of this battle, we can find a new appreciation for one of our most essential rights.

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