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The Declaration of Sentiments, modeled on the U.S. Declaration of Independence, protested women’s lack of access to higher education, the professions and “nearly all the profitableemployments,” observing that most women who worked for wages received “but scanty remuneration.” Most of all, the Declaration protested coverture, the legal doctrine that treated a married woman’s possessions, wages, body and children as property of her husband,available for him to use as he pleased.
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Early Women’s Rights Activists Wanted Much More than Suffrage

Voting wasn't their only goal, or even their main one. They battled racism, economic oppression and sexual violence—along with the law that made married women little more than property of their husbands.

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