Declaration Of Sentiments


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.

Bibliography

Cokely, Carrie L. “Declaration of Sentiments.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia      Britannica, inc., 27 Dec. 2017, http://www.britannica.com/topic/Declaration-of-Sentiments.

6 thoughts on “Declaration Of Sentiments

  1. Nathan, you are absolutely right in saying that the Declaration of Sentiments was revolutionary. In 1848, I would never have imagined that this sort of convention had taken place. I never learned about this in high school, which angers me! Everyone should learn about this important part of history, because, like you’d said, who knows how fair we as a society would be without it?

    1. After reading your comment I just realized this is the first time me hearing about this to only thing I remember getting taught in school about the humans rights movement is MLK. That just shows you that women are still not getting a fair share even in history books and that is just down right disrespectful. High schools and even earlier than that need to teach everyone that so everyone feels that they have a voice!

  2. As an indigenous person who likes to be mindful of the racist roots found in certain historical movements, I think it’s necessary to point out that while the declaration says that all humans are born with inviolable rights, it is clear those who wrote the Declaration didn’t completely believe that. When they stated that all humans are born with inviolable rights, they meant that the people that they saw as worthy. They meant white people.

    I’ve mentioned this in other comments because I believe it’s an important topic to talk about, but it is evident here that they didn’t account people of color (POC) as being included in the category of “human”. Obviously, this is due to the fact that slavery still existed in society at this point in time, as it would not be abolished until the year 1865. That doesn’t mean it’s the end of racism, though, as it’s still prevalent even in modern society. Other than these flaws, I admire the boldness of this Declaration and how it actively called out the oppression of women, even if, at the time, it focused on white women.

    Those of the modern world would and do argue that, while Stanton’s Declaration has roots in racism, its message can be altered to include women of color, even if that wasn’t her initial belief or intent. Just like how amendments can change, so can other historical documents; this allows history to match up with current times and uphold new victories in social justice.

    The Declaration of Sentiments was definitely a groundbreaking piece of history that allowed the women’s rights movements to evolve into what it is today. It was bold, clear, and firm. Women during this time had to take big risks to fight against the man, so the very existence of this Declaration is a powerful message in itself.

    Nice post!

  3. I really like how you said 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. In many documents they try to add to much and it doesn’t always help the point. It can cause people to believe different things than what it actually means. I also think this just showed how intense the women were. They knew exactly what they wanted and they knew exactly how to say it.

  4. Bold indeed! This Declaration had so much power behind its words. I love how you referred to the individuals who signed this documents as heroes. Their unapologetic frankness about women’s rights is inspiring, especially since they all knew they would most likely face hate and ridicule. The fact that they not only wrote out the issues but also the resolutions/solutions shows that these men and women were truly looking for change, not merely pointing fingers out of hate. It was definitely an important step in the journey for equal rights.

  5. The women, and men, who signed this document were truly revolutionary in the spark that ignited change for women’s rights and equality! The signing of this document put into context how women were completely left out of the original Declaration of Independence and left with zero rights. Its crazy to think that without the start or this movement not only would I not be allowed rights like voting for the president, but I wouldn’t even be allowed to own my own home, it would solely belong to my husband! I think it is right to call those that attended this convention “heroes” in the women’s movement.

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