A reaction to the “Declaration of Sentiments”

A long time ago, centuries even, in 1848 sixty eight women and 32 men signed a declaration of sentiments. This declaration was not unlike the one our founding fathers of America signed in 1776. But unlike that declaration, we women are still struggling for equality. The declaration signed in 1848, nearly a century later, was one for freedom and independence but not for a country but for women of all kinds to be free of their slavery to men. To not be the property of their husbands or fathers, to be their own identity, claim their own property, have a voice, be a part of government, and have the same code of morals as men.

To read what women had suffered through so much only 150 years ago is depressing, especially when it comes to the fact that we have come a long way, but not long enough. Women hold hardly any standard in the area of the government, and are scrutinized that much more when running for candidacy. As though the fact that they can give birth to another human being is a reason enough that they “couldn’t handle the job.” If anything shouldn’t the ability to bare life be a pro upon why they could lead a country or state or providence? No man on earth can do what a woman can but any women on earth could do what a man does.

One of the excerpts I found most influential was the following: “Whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of those who suffer from it to refuse allegiance to it, and to insist upon the institution of a new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.” This touched me so deeply with the current controversy on the birth control debates going on. To me I read it as, if your government is keeping you from living a happy and prosperous life, then you must stand up and do something about it, it is acceptable to fight for your right, and I find that Birth Control covered by insurance companies is plenty under the line of fulfillment. I don’t see what the big deal is, and I definitely think that we should try and get this bill passed, I am woman, I have my rights like any other human being, and I am the only one who should be in control of when I want to reproduce.

One comment on “A reaction to the “Declaration of Sentiments”

  1. I really like the graphic. Think what these women were risking. Think of the disapproval and threats they stood up to. It’s really inspiring. Would I have done the same in their shoes?

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