Declaration of Sentiments

  • Declaration of Sentiment

  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton

    When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one portion of the family of man to assume among the people of the earth a position different from that which they have hitherto occupied,

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  • but one to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes that impel them to such a course.

  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton

    We hold these truths to be self-evident;

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  • that all men and women are created equal;

  • that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights;

  • that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness;

  • that to secure these rights governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

  • 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.

  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton

    Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes;

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  • 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 are 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton

    He has never permitted her to exercise her inalienable right to the elective franchise.

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  • He has compelled her to submit to laws, in the formation of which she had no voice.

  • He has withheld from her rights which are given to the most ignorant and degraded men - both natives and foreigners.

  • Having deprived her of this first right of a citizen, the elective franchise, thereby leaving her without representation in the halls of legislation, he has oppressed her on all sides.