Women Reformers and the Suffragettes

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How is the Declaration of Sentiments similar to the Declaration of Independence?

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The Declaration of Sentiments was written by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a prominent women's rights activist, and signed by many women who attended the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848. The Declaration of Sentiments and the Declaration of Independence have similar backgrounds in the sense that those who wrote and signed each of these documents felt that they were not being afforded the rights they were entitled to. The Declaration of Independence, which was composed by the Thomas Jefferson addressed the issues associated with British tyranny over the colonies, while Elizabeth Cady Stanton composed the Declaration of Sentiments to draw a comparison to the tyranny men held over women in an era where there was great inequality between the sexes.

If we examine the Declaration of Sentiments, we can see that Elizabeth Cady Stanton used nearly identical statements as those made by Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence; however, she inserted that the rights afforded to men should also be...

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