This annual event allows visitors to engage with women’s history, focusing on the revolutionary 1848 Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention through art, storytelling, speakers, and special programming.
This year’s Convention Days theme focuses on how women’s writing in the first wave of the women’s rights movement translated into powerful activism and real social change.
This year’s keynote speaker is author and scholar Ellen Carol DuBois. DuBois is one of the nation’s leading historians of women’s fight for the vote. She taught at the University of Buffalo and, for the last three decades, at the University of California at Los Angeles. Her most recent book, published by Simon and Schuster in February 2020, is Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote, a comprehensive history of the seventy-five-year-long U.S. woman suffrage movement to appear in more than a half century.
Online dialogue and a live question-and-answer session following the keynote will allow virtual visitors to participate in discussions about the impact those words from the past continue to have on women’s rights today. Living history portrayals, along with presentations by scholars, artists, and park rangers, will aim to provide context and insight into lives and choices of those activists for social change.
This year, the Friends of Women’s Rights National Historical Park, the National Park Service, and the Seven Valleys Writing Project will also be hosting “Writing for Empowerment,” a virtual writing workshop, as part of the commemoration. This workshop will give participants an opportunity to discover their own voice and explore the tools used to fight for social justice – before the internet and social media.
A schedule of events, including full details of the weekend’s programs, and workshop registration information, is available on the park website.
Photo of Womens Rights NHP historic marker provided.