Analysis Of The Declaration Of Sentiments

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Critique can be seen throughout numerous readings that were read and discussed this semester. Women have critiqued other women and they have critiqued men and the patriarchic society. These themes may especially be seen in “The Declaration of Sentiments”, “Halving the Double Day”, and a chapter from Women, Race and Class. “The Declaration of Sentiments” was written primarily by Elizabeth Stanton during the first major women’s convention in Seneca Falls. This convention was conducted to discuss the limited rights that belonged to women and to create the “Declaration of Sentiments”. This declaration mainly challenges the issues regarding the lack of women suffrage and their limited marital rights. Stanton explicitly critiques men and the dominant patriarchy because of these unequal and unfair rights and she wrote the declaration in hopes of eliminating inequality between men and women. Stanton decided to model the “Declaration of Sentiments” after the well-known “Declaration of Independence” written by Thomas Jefferson. The “Declaration of Independence” was developed to allow the thirteen American colonies to declare their independence and separation from Great Britain. The …show more content…
Women started to be able to get jobs and help provide for their families. Women wanted to be able to have the same rights as men but they were still expected to do housework (Coble, 2). After a long day at work, women come back to their homes to conquer domestic work and chores. This has been termed as the “second shift” because women have a second job at home. Women are known to spend more time on domestic chores than men and Coble critiques the government and patriarchy because of the inequality that is shown in the second shift. It has become part of traditional gender roles that women should work on domestic chores so that the men can be caretakers and providers for the

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