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First Lady Speaks at Seneca Falls Convention

Hillary Rodham Clinton praised the early leaders of the women’s movement at a convention in Seneca Falls commemorating the 150th anniversary of the first women’s rights convention in 1848.

Urging attendees to “finish the work begun here,” the first lady evoked the names of suffragists such as Lucretia Coffin Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton while adding the challenge that much work remains. She cited the need for affordable child care, universal health care, and acceptable wages.

Mrs. Clinton’s speech concluded a four-day tour of northeastern cites in need of preservation, many of which are dedicated to women. “We must tell and retell, learn and relearn these women’s stories [and] pass them on to our daughters and sons,” she said.

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AP - July 16, 1998