In 1848, he attend the women’s rights convention in Seneca. Douglass was the only African American to attend. He spoke passionately in favour of women’s suffrage and became a lifelong supporter for the women’s rights movement, becoming acquainted with prominent women’s rights activists such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton . Douglass felt rights for black people should be linked with rights for women’s rights. However, after the Civil War, he felt he had to drop support for womens’ suffrage to enable the passage of the 15th Amendment, giving black men the vote. Douglass feared if womens’ suffrage was attached to the bill, it would mean failure for both. Though he made of point of saying he never argued against women’s right to vote.