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Inference 12


Declaration of Sentiments, Elizabeth Cady Stanton

It follows the full-text transcript of Elizabeth Cady Stanton's Declaration of Sentiments, as published in the History of Woman Suffrage by Stanton et al.

The Declaration was delivered at the Seneca Falls Convention, New York. July 19-20, 1848.

Stanton, Elizabeth Cady. "Declaration of Sentiments." Woman's Rights Convention. Seneca Falls, New York. 19-20 July 1848. Web. 20 Mar. 2016.

In lines 18-21:

"He has so framed the laws of divorce, as to what shall be the proper causes, and in case of separation, to whom the guardianship of the children shall be given, as to be wholly regardless of the happiness of women — the law, in all cases, going upon a false supposition of the supremacy of man, and giving all power into his hands;"

Stanton is referring to the fact that in the case of divorce or separation,


the guardianship of the children will be awarded to the person in supremacy.


the guardianship of the children will be determined by the happiness of the women.


the guardianship of the children will be given to the man.


a judge will determine supremacy and will award the guardianship of the children to the most fit.