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Exhibition Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

The Proceedings of the Woman’s Rights Convention, held at Worcester, October 23d & 24th, 1850. Boston: Prentiss & Sawyer, 1851. NAWSA Collection, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress (014.00.00)

First National Women’s Rights Convention

Two years after Seneca Falls, the first national woman’s rights meeting, organized by abolitionist Paulina Wright Davis (1813–1876), was held in October 1850, in Worcester, Massachusetts. It attracted more than 1,000 suffrage supporters from throughout the Northeast, Midwest, and California. News of the meeting spread, even reaching Britain where Harriet Taylor (1807–1858), future wife of John Stuart Mill, published a widely read favorable analysis of the proceedings with a carefully reasoned constitutional argument later used by American suffragists.