While Stanton and Brady do disagree with how women are viewed and treated, Stanton’s priority was fairness in politics and education, not so much on the injustices that occurred within the home Elizabeth Cady Stanton was pushing for women’s right to vote and to participate fully in the running of the country. She shadows the Declaration of Independence to gain credibility and patriotism, particularly from the phrase, “We hold these truths to be self evident that all men, and women, are created equal” (Patterns,557). The Declaration of Independance and the Declaration of Sentiments are purposefully compared. For example, the colonists wrote the Declaration of Independence in order to inform the King of the unfairness and to take action and to make change. The Declaration of Sentiments does the exact same thing, only instead of the problems bing taxation without representation and the quartering acts, the issues were freedoms to vote, have property and own oneself apart from a spouse, followed by the promise to take action against the injustice. The whole document is a testament to the political injustuces raged by men against the women of the United States.
In this article about Stanton I found, Sara Shull states, “Elizabeth Cady Stanton rebelled against the conventions that limited her own self realization and independence. Her words and actions encouraged other women to embrace their autonomy and fight for their self sovereign birthright.” This shows how Stanton went to be a role model for other women and help them fight for their own. Further on, Elizabeth Cady Stanton later wrote, "The general discontent I felt with woman 's portion as wife, housekeeper, physician, and spiritual guide, the chaotic conditions into which everything fell without her constant supervision, and the wearied, anxious look of the majority of women, impressed me with a strong feeling that some active measures should be taken to remedy the wrongs of society in general, and of women in particular. My experience at the World Anti-slavery Convention, all I had read of the legal status of women, and the oppression I saw everywhere, together swept across my soul, intensified now by many personal experiences. It seemed as if all the elements had conspired to impel me to some onward step. I could not see what to do or where to begin—my only thought was a public meeting for protest and discussion." This evidence explains that she wanted to try for the women and start small by still express her ideas at the meeting. Elizabeth Cady Stanton found herself with everyday women who didn’t really have the same power she has and she knew she had to do something. She also saw the unjust laws like in the Declaration of Independence how women and men are created equal and that wasn’t followed. Stanton saw things that she wanted to help with and so she pointed them out so then discussions were
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was, no doubt, one of the most important activists for the women’s rights movement in the nineteenth century. Not only was she the leading advocate for women’s rights, she was also the “principal philosopher” of the movement . Some even considered her the nineteenth-century equivalent of Mary Wollstonecraft, who was the primary British feminist in the eighteenth century . Stanton won her reputation of being the chief philosopher and the “most consistent and daring liberal thinker” of the women’s right movement by expounding through pamphlets, speeches, essays, newspaper and letters her feminist theory . However, despite being an ardent abolitionist during the Civil War who fought for the emancipation of all slaves , her liberal feminist theory was tainted by a marked strain of racism and elitism that became more conspicuous as she started pressing for women’s suffrage .
Although they were unsuccessful in getting the vote, their failure led to the formation of a new, radical movement formed by Emmeline Pankhurst in 1903 called the Suffragette movement. This is evidence of the determination of both these movements as being a factor in getting women’s franchise.
Emmeline Pankhurst was a British political activist and a leader of the British suffrage movement; a movement that helped women win the right to vote. Since 1848 women wanted to recognize their own rights and started the Women 's Rights Movement. The movement was protesting against the fact that women were not afforded the same rights as men. Since women were excluded from the political government, they pressured the government to grant them political rights. As part of the movement, in 1913, Pankhurst carried her appeal to the United States, where she delivered her famous speech Why Are We Militant. Therein, she expressed her ideas about women 's suffrage. She gave a talk to encourage American men and women to give political rights to women. In her speech, she states that both men and women are created equal and hence due to this equality women should have political rights too. Throughout her speech she emphasizes the discrimination against women, using the right to vote, the roles in marriage, and unequal wages as her evidence.
Stanton’s “Declaration of Sentiments” was the first convention for women rights. Its purpose was to address the status of American women. Stanton felt that women were feeling they were getting shorted and disrespected of their rights. It was a list of resolutions to the problems dealing with their rights. She also included needs for women’s right to education, property, and vote. One of the resolutions was to resolve a law that prevented women from occupying a position in society. A main resolution in the declaration was that women were created equal. One hundred people signed the Declaration of Sentiments. The major theme of the Declaration of Sentiments was an attack at women rights and that they should have the same rights as men because
Stanton states, “When the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one portion of the family of man” (Stanton 1). Stanton used this line to start her declaration as Thomas Jefferson used it in the first line of the Declaration of Independence. Using such a well trusted piece of writing that helped shaped the United States increases her credibility which helps her case in her argument. Another point in Stanton’s view, “We hold these truths to be self-evident: in that all men and women are created equal” (Stanton 1). This line starts the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, but Stanton added in “women” instead of just “men”. This obviously shows she is on the side of women's rights in her argument and again, quoting the Declaration of Independence, gives her the quality of formality using lines from a piece that dear to American
In the 1800s America changed in many different areas. The education system improved vastly after having schools with poor education that teach little and schools that make it hard for the poor to go to. American art changed greatly when America developed their own style and many books were written that are famous today like Moby-Dick. A change in women’s rights occurred with many changes that pushed equality at the time.
Elizabeth is very well known for empowering the first movement in pushing for society especially men recognize women as actual citizens. She is especially known for the speech she did in Seneca falls and her use of rhetorical devices to make sure she has people’s attention and show how serious she was about the subject. In Seneca Falls Keynote Address, Elizabeth Cady Stanton uses anaphora’s, metaphors and allusion to persuade the audience to show that women should be treated equally just like men and should be more appreciated. Due to this speech it started the whole revolution in making sure women would be granted more rights as American citizens.
Stanton delivered the speech Solitude of Self it is maybe one of the most influential pieces of literature of in the fights for women’s rights she first makes her point of women still have natural right even though they are not me. “The point I wish plainly to bring before you on this occasion is the individuality of each human soul; our protestant idea, the right of individual conscience and judgement.”-”Solitude of Self, 1”. She is saying that not just women but each individual soul has their own right to make there own decisions in their own conscious minds without being controlled by another soul. Stanton then made a big point about a women being an important part of society “if we consider her as a citizen, as a member of a great nation, she must have the same rights all other members, according to the fundamental principles of our government.”-Solitude of self, 1”. She uses the constitution that men created by saying that if a women is a citizen and member of the great country of america then then she must have the same rights as the men that created
Stanton believed that a public protest of women’s right was the next step to get equality for women’s legal position. By this belief, Stanton tried to make a draft of “Declaration of Right and Sentiments”, which she modeled after the “Declaration of Independence”. In this declaration, Stanton demanded moral, economic and political equality for women. With her friends, Stanton was able to hold the first women’s right convention on 19-20 July 1848 at Stanton house in Seneca Falls, New York. That is why; the convention is called Seneca Falls Convention. The Declaration of Right and Sentiments was presented at the Seneca Falls Convention. (Women's Right) (Elizabeth Cady
Many women devoted most of their time trying to show men that they too can work just as hard as them. They tried to show men that they can do all the things that men thought only they could do. For example, in Sojourner Truth speech, she says, “I have ploughed, and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And a’n’t I a women? I could work as much and eat as much as a man-when I could get it-and bear de lash as well!”.(Sojourner Truth,440-441) In Sojourner Truth 's women 's right speech, she explains all the farm labor she was put through and how she can do as much as any man, even though she’s a woman. However, it was not just about women wanting to join the workforce, but they also wanted to be educated like the men. Most women were kept from getting involved with political system, because of their household ‘jobs’ they needed to do and because they did not understand the full concept of reading or writing. Most women had to educate themselves from hearing their masters talk. However, for the women who were educated; like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, they used it to their advantage and brought women together by hosting a women’s right convention and had The Declaration of Sentiments signed by at least a hundred people who supported women’s
During the mid-1800s the roles of women were considered to only be taking care of the children and the home. Only 1 in 5 women worked for wages in the workplace. Two women who fought actively for Women’s Rights were Sarah and Angelina Grimke. Angelina published An Appeal to Christian Women of the South, which told women “to overthrow this horrible system of oppression and cruelty”. Few men supported the women’s efforts for equal rights but they still continued to fight by holding national conventions. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott meet at a National Anti-Slavery Convention, which influenced them to hold a Women’s Rights Convention. In 1848 they held a national women’s rights convention, known as the Seneca Falls Convention. At the convention Elizabeth Cady Stanton created the “Declaration of Sentiments”. Proposed in the Declaration was “that all men and women are created equal”. Over 300 men and women gathered at Seneca Falls for the convention and unanimously voted for women to have the right to have equal rights as men. The Seneca Falls Convention was greatly influenced by the Abolitionist Reformation and the Second Great Awakening and truly helped women gain equal rights and prove they are just important as men. Today, women have gained many rights including the right to vote. If it weren’t for the Second Great Awakening women would probably not have most of the rights that they have
Women’s suffrage was one of the first milestones to achieve gender equality. In 1902, the newly established Australian Parliament, passed the Commonwealth Franchise Act 1902, which enabled women to vote in the federal election and stand for the federal election. The suffragettes fought for equality, the right to make decisions and argued against the view that women were intellectually inferior to men. However, not everyone agreed with the changes the suffragettes wanted to bring. They argued that women were equal but different, already had indirect power and could not fulfil the duties of a citizen. Suffragettes
By alluding to God, it poses a slight threat on men, saying that it is “self-evident” that these rights should be shared, not restricted to only one gender (para. 2). Stanton and Mott want women to know that because of the destructive and misogynistic nature of the men in government, because of the constant abuse and prejudice that has come from men in general, that if because this behavior is constant and growing in dangerousness, they have the right to “refuse allegiance” to said government (para. 2). It is unjust and discriminatory against women to deny the rights that should be fairly given to them since they are part of the government. To prove that women have been mistreated unfairly, they list facts and happenstances that have been done to women to subjugate them. With these facts, they prove that, in that moment, women are the less superior sex, then with this, they encourage