‘A house divided against itself can not stand’ I believe this government can not endure permanently, half slave, and half free . . . I do not expect the Union to be dissolved - I do not expect the house to fall; but I do expect it will cease to be divided . . . Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it, and put it in course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push it forward till it shall become alike lawful in all the states, old, as well as new.
Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton traveled to London for the World’s Anti-Slavery Convention. They were denied seats in the main hall of the convention, and were only allowed to observe the events from the gallery. William Lloyd Garrison sat in the gallery to protest the exclusion of the women.
The first women's rights pamphlet, Letters on the Equality of the Sexes and the Condition of Women by Sarah Grimke, was published in the United States. It galvanized Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone and other early leaders of the suffrage movement.
The first women's rights convention in history was held in Seneca Falls, New York. The convention called for women’s suffrage and issued a Declaration of Sentiments based on the Declaration of Independence. Only two of the convention's participants would live to see the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which granted women the right to vote.