The Declaration of Sentiments was signed in 1848 by 68 women and 32 men, at the first ever women’s rights convention which was organized by women. This was a key convention in which many issues were addressed. The convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York. The author of the Declaration of Sentiments was Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who tried to write the declaration within the lines of the United States Declaration of Independence. Also, she was the organizer of the event along with Lucretia Mott and Martha Wright.
The Declaration begins by addressing equality between man and woman, along with statements from the declaration itself and how all human’s are born with inviolable rights. The declaration is very bold in addressing the oppression of women, in the current society they lived in, showing many examples of which women’s rights are infringed. It lists facts relating to women’s involvement in government, lack of property rights, and other issues such as less educational opportunities in comparison to men.
I believe the reason the Declaration was so powerful was because of how bold and straight to the point the Declaration is in addressing these issues. This was a time when women still had no place in basically anything else besides the home, and for the statement to say the things it did was very powerful. Especially, when the Declaration of Sentiments lists facts of women’s oppression through various ways, it opened eyes about so many reasons we need change. It sent a powerful message to everyone that women are not to be taken lightly.
Yes. this was definitely a very revolutionary event that will go down in history forever. It is a start on the path to equality for all women and an event that people should be proud of. Without this event, who knows how far we would be now, or who would of finally stood up and said something about the unfair oppression women faced. The people who signed/kept their names on the document, even after the ridicule they knew they would face, are heroes in our history.
Cokely, Carrie L. “Declaration of Sentiments.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, inc., 27 Dec. 2017, http://www.britannica.com/topic/Declaration-of-Sentiments.