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One hundred and sixty four years ago, the first American Women’s Rights Convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York.  

Over the course of two days, men and women gathered together at the Wesleyan Chapel to discuss “the social, civil, and religious condition of woman,” and at the close of the convention, 100 people committed to working together to improve women’s quality of life by signing the Declaration of Sentiments.  

Honoring the original Women’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls in 1848 is an annual tradition for the community.

Keeping with that tradition, the Women’s Interfaith Institute joined with other local organizations, including the National Women’s Hall of Fame, the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, and the the Seneca Falls Convention Days Committee to host Convention Days, organizing activities and festivities to commemorate the weekend with arts, entertainments, and education surrounding the history of women’s struggle for suffrage and equality.

The Women’s Interfaith Institute sponsored a series of lectures and presentations centered on a theme reflected by a tapestry on permanent loan in their headquarters next door to the National Women’s Rights Historical Park at 140 Fall Street in Seneca Falls.

The tapestry depicts the fact that two women of great foresight were speaking out on women’s rights issues at the same time on two different continents. Those two women were Elizabeth Cady Stanton in America and Tahirih in Persia. Both were leaders in working for establishing the rights of women in 1848.

Other WII-sponsored activities included Keynote Speaker Kathi Kern, lecturing on Mrs. Stanton’s Bible.  Dr. Kern is Associate Professor of History, University of Kentucky; Janet Ruhe-Schoen, “Tahirih”, presented “Breaking a Conspiracy of Silence.”  Ms. Ruhe-Schoen is author of Rejoice in My Gladness, The Life of Tahirih (Event co-sponsored with the Baha’i Community); concluding with a presentation by Nadia Shahram, entitled “Marriage on the Street Corners of Iran”, co-sponsored with the Red Tent Book Club.



Read more:at SenecaDaily.com http://senecadaily.com/?p=18156#ixzz2I 0f3SSYW

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2012 Convention Days: a Collaborative Celebration

140 Fall Street, PO Box 131  •  Seneca Falls, New York 13148  •  (585) 319-9395  •  allisonstokes@earthlink.net

Visit the Women’s Interfaith Institute to see the original tapestry depicting the simultaneous call for women’s freedom by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Tahirih.