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It’s fascinating learning of the inspiring women that fought against injustice so that the future generations could have the equality and rights
There’s is thousands, we wish we could talk about and we might, but today we want to share with you more about Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
So, who was Elizabeth Cady Stanton?
E.C. Stanton was a woman’s rights activist and abolitionist who helped put the Suffrage movement on the map.
Suffrage – The right to vote in political elections.
She was one of the greatest examples of Feminism.
Though, lately the word Feminism has been misused for selfish actions, the true meaning of this word represents a woman’s equal rights in the workplace, the home, under the law and more.
Born in November 12, 1815, Jonestown, New York.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was the daughter of Daniel Cady, a lawyer, congressman, and New York Supreme Court judge, who supported women’s education.
A life changing moment for Elizabeth was when her younger sister was born, Elizabeth overheard a neighbors remark, “Too bad she’s a girl” That’s when Stanton understood for the first time that females were actually considered less desirable than male.
From that point forward, Stanton was troubled by the plight of women who, despite their mental or physical capacity, were treated like second class citizens, prizes, or pets.
At age ten, upon reading the laws that oppressed women specifically those that robbed them of their right to property and protection from marital abuse, Staton felt the urge to change that, as woman she couldn’t stand this injustice.
Stanton learned to ride horses like men and studied Greek with a local clergyman while attending Jonestown Academy, a co-ed school where she excelled in math, language and debating.
Though she was a top student, Stanton was unable to go to a proper college after her graduation in 1830 due to their no women acceptance policies.
Women in those times were relegated to special academies which were far inferior to male schools.
Two years later Stanton returned home to the sedentary routine of a woman’s life at the time: cooking, sewing, cleaning, and baking.
But her father, admiring his daughter’s keen mind and hunger for knowledge, began homeschooling her in law, lending her books and teaching her all he knew.
While visiting her cousin, Gerrit Smith, who was an abolitionist and member of the “Secret Six” that supported John Brown’s raid at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Elizabeth met Henry Stanton a journalist, an antislavery orator, and later on attorney.
The couple was married in 1840, with Elizabeth Cady requesting of the minister that the phrase “promise to obey” be removed from the wedding vows.
She later wrote, “I obstinately refused to obey one with whom I supposed I was entering into an equal relation.”
(The couple had six children between 1842 and 1856. Their seventh and last child, Robert, was an unplanned baby born in 1859 when Elizabeth Cady Stanton was forty-four)
Prior to living in Seneca Falls, Stanton had become an admirer and friend of Lucretia Mott, the Quaker minister, feminist, and abolitionist whom she had met at the World Anti-Slavery Convention in London, England in the spring of 1840 while on her honeymoon.
The two women became allies when the male delegates attending the convention voted that women should be denied participation in the proceedings, even if they had been nominated to serve as official delegates of their respective abolitionist societies.
After considerable debate, the women were required to sit in a roped-off section hidden from the view of the men in attendance. They were soon joined by the prominent abolitionist, William Lloyd Garrison, who arrived after the vote had been taken and, in protest of the outcome, refused his seat, electing instead to sit with the women.
Mott’s example and the decision to prohibit women from participating in the convention strengthened Stanton’s commitment to women’s rights.
By 1848, her early life experiences, together with the experience in London and her initially debilitating experience as a housewife in Seneca Falls, galvanized Stanton.
She later wrote:
“The general discontent I felt with woman’s portion as wife, housekeeper, physician, and spiritual guide, the chaotic conditions into which everything fell without her constant supervision, and the wearied, anxious look of the majority of women, impressed me with a strong feeling that some active measures should be taken to remedy the wrongs of society in general, and of women in particular. My experience at the World Anti-slavery Convention, all I had read of the legal status of women, and the oppression I saw everywhere, together swept across my soul, intensified now by many personal experiences. It seemed as if all the elements had conspired to impel me to some onward step. I could not see what to do or where to begin—my only thought was a public meeting for protest and discussion.”
Stanton finally organized a local women’s rights convention with Mott in 1848, where Stanton drafted a Declaration of Sentiments, which she read at the convention. Modeled on the United States Declaration of Independence, Stanton’s declaration proclaimed that men and women are created equal.
She proposed, among other things, a then-controversial resolution demanding voting rights for women. The final resolutions, including female suffrage, were passed, in no small measure, because of the support of Frederick Douglass, who attended and informally spoke at the convention.
In 1851, Stanton was introduced to Susan B. Anthony who agreed to team up as a spokeswoman for their movement. Their skills complemented each other; Stanton, the better orator and writer, while raising her children, scripted many of Anthony’s speeches, while Anthony was the movement’s organizer and tactician. Stanton once wrote to Anthony, “No power in heaven, hell or earth can separate us, for our hearts are eternally wedded together.”
In 1866 together they founded the American Equal Rights Association and created the Revolution newspaper with Stanton as editor.
Revolution served as a pulpit to demand equal education, equal guardianship of children, equal financial rights.
When the Civil War finally ended in 1865 the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution finally ended slavery, but the suffrage movement was ignored.
Four years later Stanton and Anthony founded the National Woman Suffrage Association – NWSA which fought for a women’s voting rights once again.
In 1876, Stanton moved with her family to Tenafly, New Jersey, where she and Anthony compiled research from all over the country to write the first three volumes (of an even-
tual six) on the History of Woman Suffrage
The two also wrote the Declaration of Rights of the Women of the United States, which Anthony, uninvited, read at the Centennial celebration in Washington in 1876, Stanton lobbied for a woman suffrage amendment to the Constitution and found a supporter in California senator Aaron A. Sargent.
In 1888, Elizabeth helped form the International Council of Women. Two years later, she oversaw the NWSA, which later joined forces with AWSA (American Woman Suffrage Association) to become the NAWSA or National American Woman Suffrage Association, reigning as president until 1892
Stanton’s last work, The Woman’s Bible (1895), attacked religion’s treatment of women; challenging the traditional position of religious orthodoxy that woman should be subservient to man. But the book caused a lot of controversy as other women activist opposed to the contents in this publication. They felt that going against religion would affect the fight of women’s suffrage.
Stanton died of natural causes at age eighty-six in New York on October 26, 1902, and was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx in a man-sized coffin. Her home in Seneca Falls is now part of the Women’s Rights National Historic Park.
Sadly Elizabeth Cady Stanton wasn’t able to see the result of her contribution to women’s suffrage, It wasn’t until twenty years after Stanton’s death that the United States granted women voting rights.
As you can read we focused on Elizabeth C. Staton’s contribution, but there is so many women and men that fought the same fight for equality.
There’s links embedded to the names of the other people that took part on the women’s suffrage, if you want to know more about it please check them out.
What do you think? She was Amazing right?!!
(If you want to learn in more detail about her, we found wikipedia to be the site with the most detailed information. You can check it out on the link below;)
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