The Declaration of Sentiments was read by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and signed by 32 men and 68 women during the first ever women’s rights convention in America that was organized by women. The conference took place in Seneca Falls New York in July, 1848 and was organized by Stanton and Lucretia Mott after Mott was not allowed to speak at a London international anti-slavery convention. At the time, the Declaration of Sentiments was a very controversial document, but it became the basis for the 19th amendment, in which women received the right to vote in 1920.

Content of the Declaration of Sentiments

The Declaration of Sentiments was inspired by the Declaration of Independence and followed its form. It demands that women get the same rights as men and that society would acknowledge those rights. In the sentiments, a list of male oppression toward women appears. This includes keeping women sub-ordinate in state and in church, monopolizing the work environment and destroying their self-confidence among many others. The document also suggests solutions.

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