It is clear that there are laws which prevent women from occupying certain positions in society – for example, religious groups are legally allowed to only ordain men. It is difficult to see whether all women of this country are enlightened in regard to the laws under which they live, but some women do say they are satisfied with their present position and have all the rights they want.In that way I say this resolution has not come true.monopolized nearly all the profitable employments, and from those she is permitted to follow, she receives but a scanty remuneration.
So we see that the Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions compared the position of women relative to men with the position of the colonies to Great Britain. It did keep the male-centric language of the Declaration of Independence (“mankind” instead of “humanity for example) but that was how everyone wrote in those days.
There now follows a list of ways men oppressed women, each described as somethingdone (other times writing they were angry with him for doing such-and-such a thing).
Such has been the patient sufferance of the women under this government, and such is now the necessity which constrains them to demand the equal station to which they are entitled.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.
To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer; while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they were accustomed.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their duty to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.This was part of the laws of England and the United States throughout most of the 1800s.The idea was described in William Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England like so, “By marriage, the husband and wife are one person in law: that is, the very being or legal existence of the woman is suspended during the marriage, or at least is incorporated and consolidated into that of the husband.” made her; morally, an irresponsible being, as she can commit many crimes with impunity, provided they be done in the presence of her husband.We shall employ agents, circulate tracts, petition the State and National legislatures, and endeavor to enlist the pulpit and the press in our behalf.We hope this Convention will be followed by a series of Conventions embracing every part of the country.In the covenant of marriage, she is compelled to promise obedience to her husband, he becoming, to all intents and purposes, her master-the law giving him power to deprive her of her liberty, and to administer chastisement.so framed the laws of divorce, as to what shall be the proper causes, and in case of separation, to whom the guardianship of the children shall be given, as to be wholly regardless of the happiness of women-the law, in all cases, going upon a false supposition of the supremacy of man, and giving all power into his hands.As a teacher of theology, medicine, or law, she is not known.He allows her in Church, as well as State, but a subordinate position, claiming Apostolic authority for her exclusion from the ministry, and, with some exceptions, from any public participation in the affairs of the Church.Now, in view of this entire disfranchisement of one-half the people of this country, their social and religious degradation-in view of the unjust laws above mentioned, and because women do feel themselves aggrieved, oppressed, and fraudulently deprived of their most sacred rights, we insist that they have immediate admission to all the rights and privileges which belong to them as citizens of the United States.In entering upon the great work before us, we anticipate no small amount of misconception, misrepresentation, and ridicule; but we shall use every instrumentality within our power to effect our object.