Held on July 20-21, 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York, the Seneca Falls Convention came to be recognized as beginning "the organized first wave of the feminist movement in America."
Convention organizers Elizabeth Cady Stanton first became involved in the efforts to change the attitudes of society in the mid-1880's as she became involved in efforts to abolish slavery and found herself not allowed to take part in meetings discussing that issue due to her sex. Quaker minister Lucretia Mott agreed with Stanton's stances regarding both slavery and women's rights, and they soon became collaborators and leaders of the movement advocating for change in women's status.
The Seneca Falls Convention was the first of many meetings that followed, enabling women to learn how to organize and advocate for themselves and the rights they felt were due them. The changes in society that developed as the women's rights movement expanded and impacted more and more people became a frequent topic of literary works in the mid- and late-1800s.