Historical Context in Declaration of Sentiments
The Women Behind the “Declaration of Sentiments”: Prominent suffragists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott met in 1840 at the World Anti-Slavery Convention, where both women were prevented from speaking. As a result, they resolved to create the Seneca Falls Convention in hopes of spurring national change for women’s rights. Stanton (1815–1902) lived in Seneca Falls and raised her seven children before becoming involved with the women’s rights movements, establishing the National Women’s Loyal League with Susan B. Anthony, and fighting to endow women with the right to vote, a right she frequently invokes in her “Declaration of Sentiments.” Mott (1793–1880), a social reformer, Quaker, and pacifist, also fought for social reform for women and co-wrote the “Declaration of Sentiments.” Unfortunately, both women died before ever seeing the repercussions of their efforts with the ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920.
Historical Context Examples in Declaration of Sentiments:
Text of Stanton's Declaration🔒
"We hope this Convention will be followed by a series of Conventions, embracing every part of the country...." See in text (Text of Stanton's Declaration)
"all colleges being closed against her...." See in text (Text of Stanton's Declaration)
"He has withheld from her rights which are given to the most ignorant and degraded men - both natives and foreigners...." See in text (Text of Stanton's Declaration)