Stanton-Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions



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Stanton—Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions
1. Stanton’s “Declaration” echoes to a great extent Jefferson’s “Declaration of Independence” and relies to some extent on parodying this document. To what extent is this effective? Which parts of the declaration seem most and least important as far as women’s rights are concerned?
2. What rights did women lack in 1848 that women in the 21st century have? Do you think we take these rights for granted? Why do you think it took so long, historically speaking, for women to get suffrage (19th Amendment passed in 1920)?
3. In paragraphs 10—14 Stanton enumerates the inequities of women both at home and in society at large. How had these contributed to women’s continued lowered status in society? Have all of these been rectified?
4. In paragraph 15 Stanton rails against the Church as well. To what extent do you think the Church is responsible for the unequal status of women? Why? Are there still instances in which women are second class citizens in the eyes of the Church?
5. What tone does Stanton use in the “Resolved” portion of the “Declaration”? Are there any rights that you think are unreasonable (as a 21st century reader)? Are there any rights that you think might be added today that did not occur their 19th century minds? What role does Stanton see men playing in the quest for equal rights?
Stanton—Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions
1. Stanton’s “Declaration” echoes to a great extent Jefferson’s “Declaration of Independence” and relies to some extent on parodying this document. To what extent is this effective? Which parts of the declaration seem most and least important as far as women’s rights are concerned?
2. What rights did women lack in 1848 that women in the 21st century have? Do you think we take these rights for granted? Why do you think it took so long, historically speaking, for women to get suffrage (19th Amendment passed in 1920)?
3. In paragraphs 10—14 Stanton enumerates the inequities of women both at home and in society at large. How had these contributed to women’s continued lowered status in society? Have all of these been rectified?
4. In paragraph 15 Stanton rails against the Church as well. To what extent do you think the Church is responsible for the unequal status of women? Why? Are there still instances in which women are second class citizens in the eyes of the Church?
5. What tone does Stanton use in the “Resolved” portion of the “Declaration”? Are there any rights that you think are unreasonable (as a 21st century reader)? Are there any rights that you think might be added today that did not occur their 19th century minds? What role does Stanton see men playing in the quest for equal rights?


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