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Listen now: Women’s Suffrage Centennial with the Women’s Rights National Historic Park

Girl Scouts of Colorado thanks Ranger Denise from the Women’s Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls, New York for hosting a special webinar about the women’s suffrage movement. More than 25 Girl Scouts from all over the country participated in this webinar on August 5, 2020. Listen to the recording here.

Ranger Denise walked girls through the events that led up to the first women’s rights convention. The Women’s Rights Convention fought for the social, civil, and religious rights of women. It was held on July 19 and 20, 1848 at the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls. We learned about the roles of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Martha Coffin Wright, Mary Anne M’Clintock, Jane Hunt, and Susan B. Anthony. Girls also learned about how restrictive life was for women at the time and the importance of the right to vote as it related to owning property, wealth, and wages. Ranger Denise walked the girls through the list of grievances put together at the convention. She wrapped up her presentation with information about Frederick Douglass’ participation and speech at the convention. Douglass, a leader in the abolitionist movement, said, “In a word, I have never yet been able to find one consideration, one argument, or suggestion in favor of man’s right to participate in civil government which did not equally apply to the right of a woman.”

The webinar wrapped up with a live Q&A session where we learned about how Ranger Denise developed a passion for the women’s rights movement and that her favorite Girl Scout cookie is a Tagalong.

As Girl Scouts continue learning about the women’s rights movement, we encourage you to explore the resources listed below:

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

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