40 Years After Seneca Falls, a Litany of Gains and Goals

Eighteenth in a series commemorating Women’s History Month by spotlighting a significant speech or testimony delivered by a woman in the U.S. on this date.

Even before she began to speak, she got a standing ovation. It was the morning of March 25, 1888, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton stepped to the podium to welcome women from around the world to the first international conference on women’s rights.
It was a historic occasion for another reason: It had been 40 years since the first women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls, N.Y. Stanton, a life-long opponent of organized religion,…