Elizabeth Cady Stanton And The Declaration Of Independence Essay

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Overview Principally authored by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and presented in Seneca Falls, New York on July 19, 1848 at the first Women’s Rights Convention, The Declaration of Sentiments outlined a series of grievances resulting from the marginalization of women and proposed eleven resolutions, arguing that women had the right to equality in all aspects of their lives. The Declaration generated widespread ridicule and even hostility particularly from religious leaders and members of the press and even some members of the growing women’s rights movement distanced themselves from the document for its controversial inclusion of a resolution supporting women’s right to vote. Modeled after the Declaration of Independence, Stanton connected the nascent campaign for women’s rights with a well-known American symbol of liberty while underscoring the point that while the Declaration of Independence was all-inclusive, its language specifically excluded women. Stanton presented the Declaration to a crowd of three hundred men and women. The women 's declaration detailed specific injustices: their lack of property and divorce rights, their exclusion from public participation in religion and education, and their "entire disenfranchisement," including psychological oppression. Stanton’s document was also a call to action, petitioning more women to organize similar conventions throughout the country. The Declaration of Sentiments was the first thorough statement of women’s complaints
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