Sunday, July 20, 2008

Women's rights are human rights - and smart men, as well as women, get that



As the 16oth anniversary of the First Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls winds down, I wanted to note that both 160 years ago and today, men as well as women understand that women's rights are human rights. At the First Women's Rights Convention a number of men played key roles. The most famous, perhaps, is Frederick Douglass. Douglass lived in Rochester at the time, where he began publishing abolitionist newspapers, moving on to cover the women's suffrage movement. The other man pictured above is a friend who participated in a Seneca 160 event in Asheville, North Carolina. He is reading a modern day update of the original Declaration of Sentiments to a crowd who assembled in support of the activities in Seneca Falls related to women's rights and Senator Clinton's presidential campaign.

Past and present, there were and are men as well as women who understand the political power of women; of course there are men and women today who still do not. The work goes on.

2 Comments:

Blogger democraticjack said...

You know one of my tenets is that "in your heart, you know what the right thing is" and it is a gender neutral concept. When we realize that empowering one is empowering all, things might just come together in true unity.

July 20, 2008 at 3:06 PM  
Anonymous adamonis said...

Thank you for your untiring efforts to include us on the important events taking place in and around this election! Thanks to you, many of us have an inside advantage of being there even when we cannot really be there!

July 20, 2008 at 3:11 PM  

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