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The Declaration of Sentiments and NOW Both the Declaration of Sentiments and the National Organization for Womens Statement of Purpose are documents that represent womens fight for equality with men The DOS the first waves list of demands for quality came from radical women who did not have a voice within society while the Statement of Purpose shows the second waves plan for the fight against discrimination In the Declaration of Sentiments Elizabeth Cady Stanton the author wrote women deserve their most sacred rights and privileges as citizens of the United States The DOS concentrated on injustices caused by the legal status of women Among these injustices included the fact that women were forced to obey laws made by men They had no representation within the government and did not have the right to vote Also when married a woman promised her obedience to her husband making her his master Furthermore it the laws regarding property custody and divorce were unfair to women In order to better their second-class citizenry the Declaration of Sentiments was backed with the statement We shall employ agents circulate tracts petition the State and National legislatures and endeavor to enlist the pulpit and the press on our behalf However without the right to vote their voices had no real impact Since they could not elect government officials politicians did not listen to their complaints Had they the right to vote women could have elected those who supported the fight against the subordination of women When the second wave came the laws regarding women changed in their favor However the reforms did not bring about societal changes NOW was organized in order to stop all the abstract arguments and work on concrete actions NOWs Statement of Purpose declared its position of women in society which is equality with men Their demands had substance because they had the right to vote With this power politicians had
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