On June 1st Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Congresswomen Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Martha Robertson, candidate for New York’s 23rd Congressional District seat, visited Women’s Rights National Historical Park, the site of the First Women’s Rights Convention held in 1848.
Recognizing the importance of this event to the women’s rights movement in the United States, the Congresswomen chose Seneca Falls to kick off their “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds” national tour.
The group toured the Park Visitor Center exhibit and then traveled by bus to the nearby home of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. They were accompanied by Park Superintendent Ami Ghazala and Chief of Interpretation and Education, Kimberly Szewczyk. Chief Szewczyk pointed out the Stanton house and recounted Stanton’s life in Seneca Falls as the group peered excitedly out the windows and discussed with staff and each other, the similarities of the choices that women faced then and now.
Congresswoman Pelosi previously visited the Park in 2000 and during the 150th anniversary of the convention in 1998 when she signed the rededicated Declaration of Sentiments.
Photo provided by Women’s Rights National Historical Park.