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March is Women's History Month and I am writing this posting on International Women's Day. If I had the twelve hours--round trip-- to hit the road, I'd head for the Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, New York and celebrate how far we have come as a nation.
It would definitely be a work related trip. The U.S. Government Printing Office printed Elizabeth Cady Stanton's most famous-- and in her estimation, her best--speech in 1915. She delivered her address, Solitude of Self, before the Committee on the Judiciary on January 18, 1892. She argued why the law needs to treat women as equal citizens under the law and she argued for women to get the vote via a law that became the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution. Sadly it took forty-two years after Cady and Stanton drafted the amendment and long after their deaths for the amendment to pass. As Stanton's house is part of the park, it's here that you can discover a very human portion of United States history and feel a renewed sense of the privilege that all United States citizens have to vote.
Not only can you learn about Stanton at the park, you can also get a wider view of the earliest stages of the women's rights movement in the United States. Four historical properties and a visitor's center make up the park. You can visit the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls where the leaders of the women's rights movement held the First Women's Rights Convention in August 1848. Stanton's home is open from spring through fall. You can tour the house she referred to as "the Center of the Rebellion" where she raised her large family while networking with other women on women's rights reforms.