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For the present essay, a salient way to think about the history of sentiment comes in The Declaration of Sentiments signed in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848 by one hundred activists seeking to redress the suppression of women's rights.
Stanton also penned the Declaration of Sentiments, stating that as men and women were equal, they should be afforded equal rights.
It was during a two-day convention in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York, that suffrage activists enshrined their demand for the right to vote in a Declaration of Sentiments. But progress was slow.
A "Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions"--which borrowed language from the Declaration of Independence--laid out grievances about the treatment of women in education, work, property ownership, churches, and the vote.
The 1873 commemoration also motivated Stanton to have the Seneca Falls proceedings reprinted and disseminated, thus beginning the process of turning the Declaration of Sentiments signed by convention participants into a "sacred text."
In 1923, the suffragist leader Alice Paul drafted the Equal Rights Amendment, presenting it as the "Lucretia Mott Amendment" at the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention and the Declaration of Sentiments.
When the first women's rights convention to be organized by women met at Seneca Falls, N.Y., in 1848, it produced a "Declaration of Sentiments" modeled after the Declaration of Independence, and affirming that all men "and women" are created equal.
Some of these documents have been widely reproduced (e.g., the Declaration of Sentiments from the 1848 Seneca Falls Conference), but others, collected from memoirs and newspapers around the world, will be less familiar to many audiences.
Narrator E: The women set out their grievances in a document they call the Declaration of Sentiments. Just as the Declaration of Independence details charges against Britain's King George, this document lists examples of unfair treatment of women.
Stanton's 1848 "Declaration of Sentiments" was notably silent on slavery's particular injustices to women.
Soon after Cady Stanton drew up the Declaration of Sentiments, the founding document of the women's rights movement, and the group organized the first women's rights convention.
Primary source documents such as the Declaration of Sentiments, the National American Woman Suffrage Association's "Why Women Should Vote," and a letter from the editors of BUST magazine are included.

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