This investigation paper will look into the changes or lack of changes the Declaration of Sentiments had on society. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony were the primary authors of the Declaration of Sentiments. This document was written to improve women’s rights and their equality within their society. This Declaration was written with some of the exact terminology as the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration Of Independence created a new world power factory. Where as this document only created more problems in society.
Many people wanted to end these rights activist movements. Women were not allowed to do many things in that time. They had all the responsibilities as citizens of the United States, but none of the rights. For example, “he (me in general) has never permitted her to exercise her inalienable right to the elective franchise.” Women weren’t allowed to vote and some men believed that they shouldn’t even speak in public. After naming all the unjust laws and sentiments, the author says “Now, in view of this entire disfranchisement of one-half the people of this country, their social and religious degradation… and because women do feel themselves aggrieved, oppressed, and fraudulently deprived of their most sacred rights, we insist that they have immediate admission to all the rights and privileges which belong to them as citizens of the United States.” I can describe the “Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions” as a well-balanced, logically structured and convincing text. The good thing is that the author is not biased; she gives reasons or examples for every statement she makes.
Many Americans realized their own oppression as they worked to the end of the institution of slavery. When two of these women, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, were denied the right to sit as delegates at the 1840 World Anti-Slavery Convention in London, they were angered to the point of action. Eight years later in Seneca Falls, New York, the first American women’s right convention was held. She explains how nearly every aspect of female life is subordinate and more difficult compared to that of a man. Stanton gives examples in legality , salary, and employment.
Her list of complaints is short, but powerful. In few words she gives the reader a sense of injustice that many do not seem to understand. This piece was written in the 19th century, but it is still relevant. Women are not equal in all aspects of life which is a direct violation of Constitutional rights.
The fact that women have not gained 100% equality is pathetic. Stanton would be appalled if she were alive to see that women still face barriers and discrimination. She leaves the piece in hopes that “this Convention will be followed by a series of Conventions embracing every part of the country,” and while partially this has been fulfilled, the issue still lives on.