All month long we've been highlighting women here in the Southern Tier who have paved the way for women today. In this week's Women's History Month segment brought to you by NYSEG, we take a look back to where it all started, in Seneca Falls, New York. 

Elizabeth Cady Stanton moved from Boston to Seneca Falls in 1847. She didn't know that thanks to her work, it would eventually be known as the birth place of women's suffrage. 

One thing that opened her eyes to the inequalities that women of her day faced, when she met Lucretia Mott and her husband at the World Anti-Slavery Convention in London. 

"What happened, was the very first day of that convention, they had a huge argument on whether the women in the room would be able to participate or not," said Seneca Falls Historical Society Researcher, Daisy Nicosia. "So the idea of the women are here, should we let them participate, or should we just set them of to the side? Both of them actually ended up meeting because of their rage."

This experience sparked the idea for a convention of their own. It was at the house of Jane Hunt where Cady Stanton, Mott, Martha Wright, and Mary Ann M'Clintock developed the idea for a women's rights convention. 

The Seneca Falls Convention of 1848 was forged around 12 sentiments of women's rights. This Declaration of Sentiments took inspiration from the Declaration of Independence. But the most controversial of these sentiments, the right for women to vote. 

"It was sort of mixed reactions," said Nicosia. "There were a lot of people who were from town that went to that convention, and that convention really opened their eyes. But, there were a lot of people who spoke very publicly ridiculing the convention, ridiculing the declaration, the sentiments."

It's something that didn't deter Cady Stanton. According to Nicosia, Cady Stanton would go on to write letters to those of spoke down of the convention defending the event and the sentiments. 

About 300 people attended the convention, both men and women. Well known women's rights activist, Susan B. Anthony was not there at the time, but she and Cady Stanton would go on to become good friends later. 

The two-day event became a catalyst, spreading women's rights across the country.

There was even one women who got to see their work come to fruition. 

"There was actually one signer of the Declaration of Sentiments that actually lived vote. I believe she was about five or ten years old at the time of the convention."

It is thanks to these women who laid the groundwork for the women who fight for women's rights today.