First-wave feminist

9. In 1848 Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott convened the Seneca Falls Conference to address women’s liberation. The Declaration of Sentiments they issued began, “When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one portion of the family of man to assume among the people of the earth a position different from that which they have hitherto occupied.” Today, no feminist would use the word “man” like this, so how can we still call Stanton and Mott feminists?
a. Feminist concepts and goals are not static, but they are always focused on bringing about
greater gender equality in a particular time and place.
b. First-wave feminists were still very patriarchal and refused to say anything that would stir
up controversy.
c. Stanton and Mott felt that the women’s movement had lost its momentum after the vote was
won and that other issues needed to be addressed.
d. Stanton and Mott were afraid they would lose their place in the home if they attacked
something as fundamental as language.
e. There were many men attached to the feminist movement, and their control kept early
feminists like Mott and Stanton from achieving much.