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What were the grievances of the Declaration of Sentiments at the Senca Falls Convention?

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There were many grievances expressed in the Declaration of Sentiments at the Seneca Falls Convention. To begin, The Declaration of Sentiments restates the preamble to the Declaration of Independence, emphasizing that all men and women are created equal.

One main portion of this document gives many examples that show how women weren’t being treated fairly nor equally. The first example given cited that women weren’t allowed to vote, and, therefore, women had no say in the creation of the laws in which they had to follow. It also explained that women had no voice in determining the elected officials who would represent them in government.

The document also focuses on how marriage took away many rights from women. For example, the husband had all property rights and could even take a woman’s wages. Women were treated like slaves if they were married, as they had to agree to be obedient to their husband. If a woman wanted a divorce, the laws favored the men and implied that men were...

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