100 years ago I could not have voted in the United States,” I told the pastor sitting across from me. “But I believe I could have found a place to preach.
Believe it or not, I’ve actually had people say to me, “Why do you care so much about women? What’s the big deal? You have the right to vote…” I would laugh if it weren’t so common to meet people with this opinion. As if gaining the right to vote was the only problem women faced—and as if we’ve actually achieved equal political representation. Clearly, the work is not done. If you’ve never read the full text of “The Declaration of Sentiments,” I highly encourage you to do so.
Written in July 1848 as part of the first women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls, it holds some of the most powerful words I’ve ever read.