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Declaration of Sentiments Table

Used by Elizabeth Cady Stanton
This three-foot-wide tilt-top table was pressed into service as a writing desk when women rights leader, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, worked on the Declaration of Sentiments for the Seneca Falls, NY convention in July 1848. Based on the Declaration of Independence, the document set forth what Stanton and her fellow activists intended to be a declaration of the rights of women. It was the opening salvo in what abolitionist Frederick Douglass would call a "grand movement for attaining the civil, social, political, and religious rights of women." Political progress was anything but speedy, however. By the time women won the vote in 1919, only one of the signers of the Declaration of Sentiments in 1848--19-year-old Charlotte Woodward--was alive to enjoy the hard-won right.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, born November 12, 1815, Johnstown, NY; died October 26, 1902, New York, NY
Susan B. Anthony, born February 15, 1820, Adams, MA; died March 13, 1906, Rochester, NY
Lucretia Mott, born January 3, 1793, Nantucket, MA; died November 11, 1880, near Abington, PA
On March 14, 1906, the Seneca Falls table was placed at the head of the casket of suffragist Susan B. Anthony; in 1919, less than a month after passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, the National American Woman Suffrage Association donated the Seneca Falls table to the Smithsonian.
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· Women's Suffrage Movement
· "Elizabeth Cady Stanton," An Excerpt from the Declaration of Sentiments

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