Stanton’s Address at the Seneca Falls Convention marks one of the seminal moments in the women’s suffrage movement, framing the rights of women in historical, religious, moral, and practical terms, and in so doing making a strong case for a change from the then status quo. She recognized the importance of the vote as the first key to formal participation in the American political experiment of self-government, and made a strong case for political equality between the sexes in her Address. Although the Constitution would not be amended to allow women to vote in federal elections until after World War I, Stanton’s efforts and ideas serve as part of the foundation of the movement that ended with the 19th Amendment.
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