Voices-Womens rights (2)

Voices-Womens rights (2) - Levitan 1 What was the role of...

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Levitan 1 What was the role of women in the first half of the 1800’s? Discuss the feminist movement from Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s Declaration of sentiment speech and the Declaration itself. Why were her speech and the Declaration such a new and courageous act? American women in the early 1800s were viewed and treated as inferior subordinates to their husbands. The mistreatment of women was clearly documented in Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s Declaration of Sentiments. Modeled after the Declaration of Independence, the Declaration of Sentiments declares all the mistreatments of women to be unjust and demands equality between the sexes. At the women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls Elizabeth Cady Stanton not only crafted the Declaration of Sentiments but also delivered a very powerful speech attempting to motivate other women to seek equality. Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s Declaration of Sentiments was one of the first documented steps in the women’s rights movements. The declaration was truly advanced for its time; a time when women were never supposed to speak out or have an education let alone revolt against her male superior. Stanton begins the declaration by stating that men are not entitled to the superiority which they have assumed and claims that God has endowed men and women equally and both are entitled to “certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Because the document is in the same format as the Declaration of Independence there is an underlying tone of revolt and in fact the feeling of unfair inferiority that Stanton feels was shared by the colonialists. Stanton, like the colonialists, was frustrated with
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This note was uploaded on 06/25/2009 for the course EN 274 taught by Professor Marionlevine during the Spring '09 term at Fashion Institute.

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