Declaration Of Sentiments By Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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“We hold the truths to be self-evident that all men and women are created equal,” Elizabeth Stanton once said (Hillinger). The document “Declaration of Sentiments” by Elizabeth Cady Stanton was written for the women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls in 1848. This document was signed by 68 women and 32 men; this was the beginning of the women’s rights movement. This document explains how women aren’t treated as equals like men were. It lists accusations towards men and how women had few legal rights and no career opportunities. By mimicking the Declaration of Independence, Stanton wanted to express to the men that women deserve the same rights, including the right to own a home, a business, and vote and earn wages. She shows that even though …show more content…

When the Equal Pay Act was signed, women were only making 59 cents for every dollar men were making (The Gender Pay Gap). Every year, especially around election time, new statistics are released asserting that despite considerable efforts to close the wage gap between women and men, it still exists. The latest reports state that women generally make 81 cents for every male’s dollar earned today, but the numbers that come out can sometimes be as low as 77 cents on the dollar (Taranto). Statistically, the general consensus is that the wage gap has gotten better, but it is still present. Though the wage gap has declined, the National Organization of Women reported that at the rate of decline that exists now, the wage gap would not close completely until 2058 in the United States (The Gender Pay Gap). Also, women who have children are much more likely to be paid less than men who have children. It is estimated that for every child a woman has, she receives a 5% wage decrease (The Gender Pay Gap). When looking at women in generally male dominated fields, wage gaps also exist. For example, female financial managers make about 70% of what their male counterparts make. And female lawyers only make about 80% of what their male counterparts make. These numbers are the results of several studies, which …show more content…

The Male gender somewhat manipulates the Women into thinking that they are beneath them. In the story “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, talks about a woman who has been confined to a room by her physician husband who believes she suffers from depression, when she is actually suffering from postpartum depression. She becomes obsessed with the yellow wallpaper that surrounds her in the room, and engages in some crazy imaginations towards the wallpaper. Gillman takes us into depth into this woman’s mind and experience. This story is portraying the oppression of the Women in the 19th century, and how they felt dominated by men. Women were repressed and controlled by their husbands as well as other male influences. This story represents the way women were treated in society. The story shows a lot of symbolism due to this conflict such as the house, the window, and the wallpaper. The house is symbolizing the way the main character is feeling trapped because the house is not her own and she does not want to be in it. Although she acknowledges the presence of the house and what surrounds it, she constantly goes back to her feeling that there is something strange about the house. The window becomes the view that she despises, because she sees all that she could be and everything she can have. She starts seeing women creeping on the window and she does not want to see them anymore, because

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