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Women's Rights

In 1848, at least one quarter of the signers of the Declaration of Sentiments at the Seneca Falls Woman's Rights Convention were affiliated with the Farmington Quakers. 

"One night, in the Quaker Meetinghouse in Farmington, I invited...discussion and questions. We all waited in silence for a long time; at length a middle-aged man...arose and responded in a sing-song tone: 'All I have to say is, if a hen can crow, let her crow.' The meeting adjourned with mingled feelings of surprise and merriment. The good man...put the whole argument in a nutshell: 'Let a woman do whatever she can.' " - Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Eighty Years and More (1898). Mrs. Stanton spoke on women's suffrage at the Meetinghouse on October 6, 1848 - on the same day that the Congregational Friends formed. 

In 1873, Susan B. Anthony, a member of the Rochester Friends, faced federal charges after "knowingly, wrongfully and unlawfully" voting in the 1872 election. While she awaited trial in Canandaigua, she spoke in the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse as part of her statewide campaign to generate support for women's right to vote. 

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