by Elizabeth Cady Stanton
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Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton
“The Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions” is a document written by suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton and signed by 68 women and 32 men at the Seneca Falls Convention — the first women’s rights convention. This number represents 100 people who signed the following document, out of a total of 300 people who were in attendance at the convention, showing how “The Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions” was controversial in its time.Pair “Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions” with “The Solitude of Self” to provide students with another example of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s writing on women’s rights. Ask students to discuss the inequalities that Stanton emphasizes in the two texts. What reasons does Stanton give for why women should have the same rights as men?
Verses Written by a Young Lady, on Women Born to Be Controll'd!
Written anonymously (though by a female poet, if the title is true; women often signed writing as anonymous in order for it to be published), this poem laments the position of women as was then conceived natural: subservient to men.Pair “Verses Written by a Young Lady, on Women Born to Be Controll’d!” with “The Solitude of Self” and ask students to discuss how women have been forced to rely on men in the past. How would allowing women to have their independence give them greater control over their lives? How do students think the anonymous poet would react to the ideas expressed by Elizabeth Cady Stanton in her speech?
Excerpt from A Room of One’s Own
- Virginia Woolf
In Virginia Woolf’s “Excerpt from A Room of One’s Own,” a speaker explores the inequalities that exist between women and men who are pursuing their artistic and creative passions.Pair “Excerpt from A Room of One’s Own” with “The Solitude of Self” and ask students to discuss how the two authors explore the inequalities between men and women. How does Virginias Woolf’s discussion of women’s pursuit of artistic work compare to Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s discussion of women’s attempts to live lives of their own? How do both require women to have a certain amount of independence?