Declaration of Sentiments

Despite the recent gains women have made in history, we still are a long way from equality. The Declaration of Sentiments touched upon certain rights that demanded the proper treatment of women in society. The Seneca Falls Convention occurred in 1848, and it’s pretty crazy that today in 2016, we are still fighting for equality. One demand that happened to be left out of this declaration is reproductive rights. Everyone should be allowed to control their body themselves.

Some states in the country have extremely hostile abortion rights, especially when it comes to accessibility. Women, especially low income women, are faced with extended travel time, waiting periods, and high expenses. Most insurances won’t cover abortions and women are expected to pay out of pocket, something that is completely unrealistic. Despite the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, abortion is hard to come by. Many states have enacted TRAP laws in which they actively try to shut down abortion clinics through strict regulatory standards that are almost impossible to meet.

Our society still has a long way to go before women and men are truly created equal. Despite the Seneca Falls Convention being over a century ago, women still face injustices and oppression. Women of today face other issues as well that have to be addressed. For example, women are still  not earning equal pay. Discrimination still exists to the point that women only make about 77 cents to every dollar a man makes. In addition, affordable child care should also be addressed. Low income families can’t always afford to put their children in proper care while they are at work. Women are usually then left with the burden to stay at home or figure out an alternative. As a society, we need to come together and figure out how to solve these issues–and quickly.

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