The Declaration of Sentiments is a document signed in 1848 by 68 women and 32 men; 100 out of around 300 participants at the first women’s rights convention to be organized by women. The declaration is one of America’s most important documents advocating women’s rights. It was written mostly by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and was presented to the participants at America’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York, in July of 1848.
In a time of women only allowed to be dependent on men for literally everything in their life, the Declaration was a power move on Elizabeth Cady’s part. The declaration couldn’t of came a better time because times were getting worse on women and it was down to the fact that these women couldn’t choose how to live their own life.
As the reading passage states “women had no voice in the making of laws; she was deprived of other rights of citizenship; she was declared civilly dead upon marriage; etc.”
Imagine a world where no one spoke up like Elizabeth and these other lady and men had? We as women would be stuck to the at-home life style and punished and shunned for any decision we attempted to make on our own. Without these acts of feminism striving through, we would still be close to looked at as worthless humans who were only good for child birth and tending to their husbands. I could never live in a world of that sort. (pg. 225)
With the Declaration of Sentiments woman now have a voice. Not a quiet “in their head only” voice, but a voice to be heard of what they want and how they choose to live their life. Women can now get a divorce if they please and get out of an abusive relationship with no remorse shown to them. The most important specific to the declaration is a women’s own right to her body. Can you name a time where today a woman wasn’t able to control what she did with HER own body parts? The declaration was beyond revolutionary, it was legendary.