ON THIS DAY IN UNITED STATES HISTORY
October 23, 1850
The First National Womens Rights Convention Begins
On this day in 1850, the first annual National Womens Rights Convention began in Worcester, Massachusetts. The
convention attracted a wide following, both male and female and included a large contingent of abolitionists.
Topics of discussion included equal wages, education and career, property rights, and especially the womens right
Although regional womens rights conventions had been held in the past, the idea of a national convention took shape
earlier that year in Boston at the end of a Anti-slavery Society meeting when two men and nine women gathered to
discuss the idea. Among the speakers was Frederick Douglass, an ex-slave and abolitionist who supported the rights
of all people.