1998 marked the 150th anniversary of the Women's Rights Convention at Seneca Falls, New York. The
convention, the first of its kind, produced The Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, which
has been called the most important document in the history of American feminism and which inaugurated
the women's suffrage movement in the United States. Rutgers University Libraries joined in the
countrywide celebration of this historic occasion with a series of events entitled “The Pivotal
Right”: Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Women's Rights Convention at Seneca Falls." The
title is a quotation from Susan B. Anthony's “The Status of Women, Past, Present and Future,” published
in The Arena in 1897: "suffrage is the pivotal right...”, meaning that the right to vote was the key
which would unlock the doors to women's equality.
This virtual exhibit is the product of collaborative efforts by Dr.
Ferris Olin and Dr. Fernanda Perrone, who are responsible for its
content and consulted on its design, and Joshua Carr, principal site
architect and designer.