Where In the World Is the Declaration of Sentiments?
The first women's rights convention organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Martha C. Wright, and Mary Ann McClintock took place from July 19 to July 20, 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York — a historic event marking the beginning of the United States' women's rights movement.
Among its outcomes came the Declaration of Sentiments, a document written "based on the Declaration of Independence to parallel the struggles of the Founding Fathers with those of the women's movement."
But, according to Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer of the U.S., the original declaration is nowhere to be found. Not even in the National Archives or the Library of Congress.
"It is not lost on me that the ongoing invisibility of women and girls is a serious issue for our country, and for the world," Smith noted, adding, "Like other American children, I learned about American history in social studies classes throughout school, but they touched only briefly on a few details of the struggle for women's rights and equality."
And with that, it's up to us to find this vital document to preserve women's history and the stories of the powerful feminists who started the women's movement.
If you happen to have an idea of where the sentiments might be located or an untold story that could help, fill out this form or go to the White House social media pages and use the hashtag #FindTheSentiments.
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