Declaration of Sentiments (2017 version)

February 05, 2017 by Guest Student Author

This Declaration of Sentiments, modeled on the original, was written by the Humanities 7 class along with the middle school girls from Bancroft School, Center School, Eaglebrook School, Four Rivers Charter Public School, Hampshire Regional School, and Hilltop Montessori School who attended their Convention on Women's Rights on January 9, 2017.


When in course of human events, it becomes necessary to re-evaluate women’s position in society, it is important to listen to all points of view, like those who oppose, those who object and those who agree. We hold these truths to be self evident; that all  men and women are created equal; that they are guaranteed certain rights. Among these, are life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The history of man’s interactions between women has made women feel inferior and unimportant. In the past few years, women’s situation has greatly improved but is not perfect. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

His work has always been worth more than hers.

He has judged women by their physical appearance.

He has often looked down upon her as less capable.

Media has often sent negative and inaccurate examples and stereotypes of her to the world.

The general public has viewed her sports as lesser; his sports are more widely regarded and compensated than hers.

Media has favored his sports over hers.

Stereotypes have been inflicted on all genders.

As a young girl, she was given an inaccurate portrayal of women.

In social or professional environments, he objectifies her.

Young girls are not exposed to positive views of women.

Powerful male figures have set the example of treating woman negatively

Even in the civil rights movement, he would not give credit to her.

World Wide,  (including parts of the US)

He denies her the simple liberties of choice, including but not limited to, travel, professions, body, reproductive rights, education, fashion.

He has prevented her from getting a good education.

Certain religious practices entitle him to certain benefits and rights, limiting her participation.

His opinion is more valued in society.

Professions that are traditionally masculine are valued more than professions traditionally feminine.

When traditionally masculine professions are performed by a man, they are more sought after and highly compensated than when performed by a woman.

We are prepared to put pressure on local State federal officials in hopes of improving the equality of men and women and keeping the equality we have currently. We plan to share this document with all participants and all types of media. We would like the world to know that we will not stand for being treated lesser or inferior to any male.

Written by Guest Student Author

Periodically students volunteer or are asked to write for the Stoneleigh-Burnham blog.

Filed Under: women's movement, Feminism, feminist school