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Women’s Study

Explain at least one way that the ideals associated with the "cult of true womanhood" (i.e. Victorian gender norms) are relevant to the Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions (please quote at least one specific passage from the Declaration to support your analysis).

After making a connection between the Declaration and the "cult of true womanhood," explain how Grimke and/or Stanton are critical of the cult of true womanhood--your explanation should make specific reference to at least one passage from Grimke or Stanton.
Using an intersectional lens, discuss what this week’s readings tell us about different women’s experiences in the 19th century (1800s) and why this is relevant to Davis’s understanding of the origins of American feminism. How does Davis use intersectionality to counter the idea that the feminist movement in the U.S. began with Seneca Falls? What does her intersectional analysis reveal about interconnected institutions of power? How do our other assigned materials help us understand intersectional oppression in the 19th century (1800s)?

Assigned Materials:
Read: Angelina E. Grimke's "LETTER XII: HUMAN RIGHTS NOT FOUNDED ON SEX" from Letters to Catherine BeecherPreview the document

Read: Elizabeth Cady Stanton's "Our Costume"Preview the document

Read: The Declaration of Sentiments and ResolutionsPreview the document

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