It all began with a tea party! 170 years later, honoring the Muses of Women’s Rights.

As a woman-owned & woman-run business, Muse proudly pays homage to the organizers of the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention on this 170th anniversary of the historic gathering. Without the courage and tenacity of these brave women, the creation of Muse and the existence of this company might never have happened.

Birthed over a tea party at the home of Jane Hunt on the afternoon of July 9, 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Martha Wright & Mary Ann McClintock joined Hunt in a passionate conversation. Moved to action, these dedicated women drew-up plans for what would become known as the Seneca Falls Convention and billed as an opportunity to “discuss the social, civil, and religious conditions and rights of women.”

The resulting Declaration of Sentiments laid out their grievances ranging from property rights to the moral conduct of men to the right of women to participate in the elective process.

The right of a woman to vote in the United States would not actualize for another 72 years following the Seneca Falls Convention, and even then the voting right’s of non-White women (and men) continued to be further denied. Continued championing of equal protections brought about the Civil Rights movement and subsequent passing of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, yet even still, five additional amendments to the VRA were necessitated between 1970 and 2006.

The system is far from perfect. The current political climate, no matter your ideological persuasion, certainly bears that out. But what is important to remember this 19th day of July, especially for the female-leadership and partners of Muse, is that without the enduring fight for equal rights across many spectrums, the idea of women owning & operating a successful business, much less casting a ballot, might not have ever been a possibility.

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