Elizabeth Cady Stanton reflecting on the Seneca Falls Convention

Elizabeth Cady Stanton reflecting on the Seneca Falls Convention:

I now fully understood the practical difficulties most women had to contend with in the isolated household, and the impossibility of woman’s best development if, in contact, the chief part of her life, with servants and children, .. . The general discontent I felt with woman’s portion as wife, mother, housekeeper, physician, and spiritual guide, the chaotic condition into which everything fell without her constant supervision, and the wearied, anxious look of the majority of women, impressed me with the strong feeling that some active measures should he taken to remedy the wrongs of society in general and of women in particular. My experiences at the World Anti-Slavery Convention, all I had read of the legal status of women, and the oppression I saw everywhere, together swept across my soul…. I could not see what to do or where to begin-my only thought was a public meeting for protest and discussion.

The Seneca Falls Convention, held in July 1848 in the midst of this Second Great Awakening, was the first convention on women’s rights organized by women. This conference produced a document, The Declaration of Sentiments that was modeled on the United States Declaration of Independence, which provided a list of grievances and concerns shared by women. The Declaration was signed by 68 women and 32 men, 100 out some 300 attendees at the conference.

The conference was originally suggested at a meeting attended by five women at the home of Jane Hunt and was advertised through Quaker and Abolitionist newspapers as an opportunity “to discuss the social, civil, and religious rights of Woman.” Famous attendees included Sojourner Truth, William Lloyd Garrison, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Read the “Declaration of Sentiments” linked below and reflect on the grievances outlined. Do any still resonate today? Also check out the people who signed it. Many of them were invested in some of the reforms covered in the lecture (temperance, abolition etc). Can you do some light research (wikipedia is fine) and shed some light on their accomplishments?