orn to Quaker parents in Farmington NY, Catherine
Fish Stebbins spent much of her youth working alongside her parents with the Western New
York Anti -Slavery Society. In 1848, she attended the first Woman’s
Rights Convention in Seneca Falls and signed the Declaration of Sentiments. Two weeks later she was elected as one of
the secretaries of Rochester’s Woman’s Rights Convention. After moving to Michigan in the early 1850’s
Catherine continued her activities with several failed attempts to register to vote in the
state district where she lived. But, unlike her close friend Susan B. Anthony,
Catherine was never arrested.