chapter  9
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Declaration of Sentiments, Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention

On July 20 and 21, 1848 in Seneca Falls New York, 300 women and men attended the fi rst Women’s Rights Convention. Sojourner Truth was not there, but Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Frederick Douglass were in attendance. At the end of the two days, this radical document, drafted by Stanton, was signed by 68 of the women and 32 of the men. It represents the collective thoughts of the women’s rights activists listed with whom Sojourner would later be allied. The declaration is patterned on the Declaration of Independence and lists the many injuries claimed to have befallen women throughout history at the hands of men. The document reserved particular scorn for the institution of marriage, which was singled out as an especially egregious form of oppression and likened to the institution of slavery.