Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902)
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal.
Often lauded as the chief philosopher of the woman’s rights and suffrage movements in the twentieth century, Elizabeth Cady Stanton set the foundation for the eventual passage of the 19th Amendment. Her active involvement in the anti-slavery movement led to her work as a women’s right activist.
She, along with abolitionist Lucretia Mott, saw the injustice of women being left out of proceedings in abolition work. In 1848, Stanton and Mott held the first Woman’s Rights convention at Seneca Falls, New York. This convention served as the beginning of her lifelong effort to elevate women’s place in society. She authored “The Declaration of Sentiments” which called for social and legal action to grant women more rights and listed 18 grievances of women in society at the time. Her efforts quickly focused on procuring the right to vote for women and she founded the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1869. She became one of the leading women’s rights activists in the country and traveled the nation giving speeches about maternity, child rearing, divorce law, married women’s property rights, and more. While Stanton never saw her life’s work achieved in the passage of the 19th Amendment, her dedication and success were crucial in the success of the suffrage movement.
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