In 1848, The Declaration of Sentiments was presented at Seneca Falls, New York. It's author, Elizabeth Cady Stanton (born in Johnstown, New York), modeled it after the Declaration of Independence to throw into sharp relief the failure of a nation, founded on the principles of democracy and equality, to live up to its ideals and to challenge that nation to give women all the rights and responsibilities to which they were entitled.
Stanton's wish for our "immediate admission to all the rights and privileges which belong to us as citizens of these United States" still has not been fully realized.
The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women's Symposium was first held in Johnstown to continue the work of that city's most famous daughter. An outcome of the 2006 Symposium was the creation of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women's Consortium.
The Consortium welcomes all women to its activities and symposia. By sharing our knowledge and experience as well as developing social and professional networks, we continue along the path which Stanton made possible for us to walk. As Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and others have shown, momentous events can happen from concerted efforts of a group.