"Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions" by Elizabeth Cady Stanton

"Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions" by Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Author: Grace Ortega
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Introduction to Psychology

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Before We Begin...

What do you know about the Declaration of Independence?


  • Usurpation- to seize or exercise authority wrongfully
  • Despotism- the exercise of absolute power, especially in a cruel and oppressive way.
  • Inalienable- unable to be taken away from or given away by the possessor.

Women's Suffrage

Let's Hear From the Women... And Men

What do you think of the "cult of domesticity"?

What is "non-market value"?

Let's Compare!

Page 401, First Paragraph, Last Sentence: "Such has been the patient sufferance of the women under this government.."

Declaration of Independence: "Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government."

Group Discussion

Choose a quote that is meaningful to you. Discuss how it is relevant to today's culture. 


Due tomorrow, December 2nd. 

Choose two quotes that are meaningful to you. Explain how the subject of the quote is relevant in today's culture.

Share your thoughts. Provide examples. Must be typed in MLA format. 



In Elizabeth Cady Stanton's Declaration of Sentiments, she implies that women have equal rights and liberties as men. Stanton included numerous thought provoking statements about women's place in society. Among her various arguments, she declares that the history of mankind has made women "if married, in the eye of the law, civilly dead" (401) because of their forced roles into domesticity and inability to monetarily contribute to civility. During the period in which the Declaration of Sentiments was written, ​women's contribution was seen less valuable than their husband's because men's compensation provided financial support to their families. However, women's role as mothers didn't result in the same type of compensation as what their spouse received. Whether in the work force or at home, women's civil identity is still misconstrued today.