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A report on the 1998 Seneca Falls celebration of women's rights

"Miracles of patience and perseverance"

From the September 1998 issue of The Christian Science Journal


In mid-July, the events celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of the women's rights movement in the United States reached their climax on a hot, humid morning in the village of Seneca Falls, New York State. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed an enthusiastic crowd of twenty thousand people on the Mynderse Academy High School playing field, calling on everyone—women, men, and children—to finish the work that those early pioneers had begun.

"But if all we do is honor the past," she said, "then I believe we will miss the central point of the Declaration of Sentiments [drawn up during the first convention], which was, above all, a document about the future. The drafters of the Declaration imagined a different future for women and men in a society based on equality and mutual respect. It falls to every generation to imagine the future, and it is our task to do so now."

Our Features Editor, Kim Shippey, was among the many members of the news media there, and here is his report.

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