Over the last century, women have made incredible progress in their
struggle to claim their equal rights and humanity; however, many issues
presented in the “Declaration of Sentiments” are still prevalent in today’s society.
Even after developing laws and regulations that sanction women’s rights,
something even larger continues to oppress women, keeping them from true
As one reads from the “Declaration of Sentiments” the list of injustices that
women dealt with daily in the nineteenth century seem almost endless. As the
Declaration says, “The history of mankind is a history of repeated injuries and
usurpations on the part of man toward woman, having in direct object the
establishment of an absolute tyranny over her.” The Seneca Falls Women’s
Rights Convention of 1848 outlined the ways in which women lived politically,
economically, and socially dependent on men.
The political and economic injustices that women faced were extensive.
First, women were not granted the right to vote. Women were expected to obey
laws in which they had no say in developing. Also, women had no representation
in legislation. The male-dominated government profited off single women who
owned land through unfair taxation. Men monopolized employment and
prevented women from becoming involved in fields of law, medicine, or theology.
Socially, women were encouraged to marry; however,...
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