State statutes and common law prohibited women from inheriting property, signing contracts, serving on juries and voting in elections.
Women's prospects in employment were dim: they could expect only to gain a very few service-related jobs and were paid about half of what men were paid for the same work.
The meeting comprised six sessions including a lecture on law, a humorous presentation, and multiple discussions about the role of women in society.
Stanton and the Quaker women presented two prepared documents, the Declaration of Sentiments and an accompanying list of resolutions, to be debated and modified before being put forward for signatures.
And as women have never consented to, been represented in, or recognized by this government, it is evident that in justice no allegiance can be claimed from them ...