Stanton uses her own version of the Declaration of Independence to voice her issues with the oppression of women. Her grievances seem to be mainly against men and society in general. She believes that it is the right of anyone who is oppressed by the government to refuse allegiance to it until they have equal rights. She says that men have continually usurped women of their natural rights and destroyed their confidence and self respect until they believed that all they could do was lead a dependent life. They also have no voice in politics and no representation, making it completely impossible for their concerns to be raised and they are closed out of most educational opportunities. Stanton believes that women have an equal right by the Creator to have the same status as men. She also states that women have a duty to seek out these equal rights, speak out on issues of morality, and not be satisfied with subpar citizenship they have been given. Stanton also argues that it is not only a woman's responsibility to fight for these rights, men should be helping to throw over the monopoly as well so that women can participate with their brothers in all subjects.
Sojourner Truth argues some of the same points as Stanton, but in a different style. She highlights the fact that she did just as much work as a man during her time as a slave. She wants to "answer for the deeds done in my body just as much as a man (64)," and as such believes she should be compensated with the same rights as the men are getting. She says that if black women do not receive the same rights as men, they are just being entered into another form of slavery with a different oppressor. It would be easier to use the momentum of the civil rights movement to receive equal rights for women as well. I thought her ending quote was one of the strongest. She says, "You have been having our right so long, that you think, like a slaveholder, that you own us. I know that it is hard for one who has held the reins so long to give it up; it cuts like a knife. It will feel better when it closes up again (65)." Giving women there equal rights would feel uncomfortable and painful at first, but would be better for all in the long run.