Women's Rights Convention Analysis

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The first ever woman's rights convention was held I Seneca Falls in July of 1848. Elizabeth Cady Stanton made her first public statement for women's suffrage. Her call to her to action was codified in the groundbreaking piece of literature known as the declaration of sentiments. This moment in history marks the beginning of the woman's right's movement. The beginnings of the Seneca Falls Convention drawback to the anti-slavery movement, or more specifically the World's Anti-slavery Convention of 1840. The British abolitionist had denied female representation at the convention. Stanton and Mott, who were in attendance of this convention, decided to organize a protest convention back in the states. It would take several years for Stanton and…show more content…
The opening lines starts off with the line “ We hold this truth to be self-evident that all men and women are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights .” Then document goes on describe the tyranny of man over women as a repeating of injuries and takeovers. The document switches the place of the British monarchy with men as the tyrannical power. After which it then goes to further state a list of eight specific grievances toward men. Among these grievances including a description of men have through there deprivation of women have basically kept them from enacting their moral duties as well personal moral duties. The list of grievances states the women are “civilly dead”, and have been treated like property. The argument here is that women are not property, but are actually people, who should have the rights afforded to any mentally capable adult human. At this time, this idea was not only a new, it was largely controversial. Women, were simply not seen a equals. They did not have representation politically, then had no virtually no voice. Women also no rights over property, and no way of initiating a divorce. Only men at that could ask for a divorce, in which men were always given custody of the children. The other argument here is that women do not are disenfranchised from offering their skills to society. As the document points out nearly half the population was not being allowed to
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