Starting in 1832, abolitionist and journalist William Lloyd Garrison organized anti-slavery associations which encouraged the full participation of women.
A heated debate sprang up regarding women's right to vote, with many – including Mott – urging the removal of this concept, but Frederick Douglass, who was the convention's sole African American attendee, argued eloquently for its inclusion, and the suffrage resolution was retained.
Exactly 100 of approximately 300 attendees signed the document, mostly women.
A few women began to gain fame as writers and speakers on the subject of abolition.
In the 1830s, Lydia Maria Child wrote to encourage women to write a will, and Frances Wright wrote books on women's rights and social reform.
The Grimké sisters published their views against slavery in the late 1830s, and they began speaking to mixed gatherings of men and women for Garrison's American Anti-Slavery Society, as did Abby Kelley.
Although these women lectured primarily on the evils of slavery, the fact that a woman was speaking in public was itself a noteworthy stand for the cause of women's rights.Creditors could not seize a wife's property to pay a husband's debts.A group of 44 married women of western New York wrote to the Assembly in March 1848, saying "your Declaration of Independence declares, that governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.In 1850 the first in a series of annual National Women's Rights Conventions met in Worcester, Massachusetts.Female Quakers local to the area organized the meeting along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who was not a Quaker.Held in Seneca Falls, New York, it spanned two days over July 19–20, 1848.