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Elizabeth Stanton

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Elizabeth Stanton

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At a Glance

  • This text describes the legal and social position of women in the United States in the mid-19th century and calls for radical changes.
  • Modeled on the Declaration of Independence, it argues that the signers are justified in their call to resist their government.
  • It was a central document of the Seneca Falls Convention in New York, a meeting called to demand rights for women.
  • It was signed by 68 women and 32 men.
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote most of the text, with input from fellow activists Lucretia Mott, Martha Wright, Mary Ann M'Clintock, and Jane Hunt.
  • Most Seneca Falls Convention attendees were antislavery activists. They modeled their work on their experience in the abolition movement.
  • There was significant backlash to the Declaration of Sentiments, also known as the Declaration of Rights and Sentiments. Several signers retracted their support due to the harsh criticism. Yet many heeded the call to action. Numerous women's rights conventions were organized throughout the country, with a major national conference in 1850.
  • The Declaration of Sentiments continues to represent a milestone in the history of women's rights.


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