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Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton organized the first women's rights convention in July 1848. Now, 169 years later, Convention Days 2017 will begin on Friday, July 14, commemorating the day the 1848 convention was announced in Seneca Falls. This year's theme is "We Are the Ones We've Been Waiting For," and will include keynote speaker Elizabeth Nyamayaro, senior advisor to UN Women's Under Secretary-General and the head of the #HeForShe movement. The weekend begins with a press conference in the Wesleyan Chapel, the location of the first convention. The second day is declared to be Indigenous Women's Day, with a concert by Joanne Shenandoah and basket-weaving and cornhusk demonstrations by Ganondagan State Historic Site.

The first convention paved the way for the women's rights and suffrage movements. Twelve resolutions were passed in 1848 — 11 were passed unanimously, with push-back against only one resolution, which called for a woman's right to vote. With support from Frederick Douglass and after a long debate, the resolution was passed. Since then, conventions have been held annually to address women's rights issues and resolutions.

Convention Days will take place Friday, July 14, to Sunday, July 16, beginning at 9 a.m. each day, and going into the night. For full programming and information, visit go.nps.gov/ConventionDays2017. For more information about the park, call 315-568-2991 or visit nps.gov/wori.

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