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excerpt from "The Declaration of Sentiments"

The Declaration of Sentiments, modeled on the Declaration of Independence, was issued by a women's rights convention in 1848. This document lists women's grievances against men, emphasizing their lack of the elective franchise (voting rights).  

The history of mankind is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations on the part of man toward woman, having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over her. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has never permitted her to exercise her inalienable right to the elective franchise.

He has compelled her to submit to laws, in the formation of which she had no voice.

He has withheld from her rights which are given to the most ignorant and degraded men—both natives and foreigners.

Having deprived her of this first right of a citizen, the elective franchise, thereby leaving her without representation in the halls of legislation, he has oppressed her on all sides.

He has made her, if married, in the eye of the law, civilly dead.

He has taken from her all right in property, even to the wages she earns...

In the covenant of marriage, she is compelled to promise obedience to her husband, he becoming, to all intents and purposes, her master—the law giving him power to deprive her of her liberty, and to administer chastisement...

He has monopolized nearly all the profitable employments, and from those she is permitted to follow, she receives but a scanty remuneration.

He closes against her all the avenues to wealth and distinction, which he considers most honorable to himself. As a teacher of theology, medicine, or law, she is not known.

He has denied her the facilities for obtaining a thorough education—all colleges being closed against her...

He has endeavored, in every way that he could to destroy her confidence in her own powers, to lessen her self-respect, and to make her willing to lead a dependent and abject life.

Now, in view of this entire disfranchisement of one-half the people of this country, their social and religious degradation,—in view of the unjust laws above mentioned, 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 these United States.


How does the last paragraph of the article develop the author's ideas?

  • It illustrates how not having equal rights has negatively affected women.
  • It restates the idea that women and men do not have equal rights.
  • It provides a poignant example of how women are not treated equally to men.
  • It states the author's call to action that women 

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  • You can see it in these words: "we insist that they have immediate admission to all the rights and privileges which belong to them as citizens of these United States." This is how the author tells uss not take the action and break the injuctice.
    • Alesiasun
    • May 18, 2018 at 4:26am

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