The convention was organzied by local New York women to address women's rights. Lucretia Mott, an influential Quaker from Philadelphia also played an influential role in organizing the meeting and was a guest speaker. It was there that Elizabeth Cady Stanton, coming from NY City, introduced the Declaration of Sentiments which addressed women's suffrage, causing internal debate.
Lucretia Mott and many of those who sympathized with her were heavily focused on women's rights issues but did not agree with the suffrage movement. In the end it was Frederick Douglas who argued in favor of the suffrage resolution Stanton had created and it was retained. Only 100 of the 300 attendees, mostly women signed the document.
The meeting spanned two days and six sessions, and included a lecture on law, a humorous presentation, and multiple discussions about the role of women in society.