Tea for Tomorrow

  • The Declaration of Sentiments and Grievances.
  • Bringing women to the table with men is common sense: The Declaration was a first step toward #5050x2028 — roughly half women and half men in elected office by 2028. A key principle was “that women shall no longer be the governed half of society, but shall participate equally with men in the direction of life.”
  • Local leads to national: It only takes a spark to get a full blaze going. A gathering of five women at a tea party in 1848 led 10 days later to a local convention of 200 women (and men); an even larger, statewide gathering two weeks later; and national conventions each year after that. The result 72 years later was nationwide change: passage of the 19th Amendment.
  • Inclusivity is the way forward: 32 men joined 68 women in signing the Declaration, including Douglass, who described it as the “grand movement for attaining the civil, social, political, and religious rights of women.”

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