An Equal Right to Act: Remembering the Rochester Woman's Rights Convention of 1848
Based on the published Proceedings of the Convention, An Equal Right to Act presents an edited version of the issues that were addressed that day. The Convention was attended by such luminaries as Frederick Douglass and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, but also by fascinating lesser-known individuals including Lucretia Mott, Abigail Bush, Amy Post and William C. Nell. Susan B. Anthony, arriving somewhat later to the woman’s rights movement, was a teacher living in Canajoharie, NY in 1848. The play will be accompanied by period music and vintage images of some of the participants. The Rochester Convention has been overshadowed in the history books by the Seneca Falls Convention that convened two weeks earlier. However, it was a truly groundbreaking event in that it was the first ever public meeting, attended by both women and men, presided over by a woman, Abigail Bush.