Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Elizabeth Cady Stanton is known to be one of the most famous thinking person of her day.  She was a woman without superstition.  She actively advocated abolition of slavery and opposed to the use of liquor.  Elizabeth was born on November 12, 1815 in Johnstown New York.  It was while she was in the process of studying law with her father that she became aware of the legal discrimination against women.  After realizing this, she then took up the cause of women's rights.  She spent her life fighting for equal rights for all humanity.  The Declaration of Independence stated that "all men are created equal."  However, Stanton wrote that "all men and women are created equal."  Susan B. Anthony and many others joined Elizabeth in her quest for women's rights.  Elizabeth is thought to be a pioneer, on a modern quest for women's rights.  Cady helped to organize a political movement that demanded that women have the right to vote.

Stanton believed that the Bible and its clergy were primary reasons for its existence in America.  She found the Bible was uncivilized and believed that the Old Testament was better than the New Testament, even though preachers tried to persuade her into thinking otherwise.  Cady organized a group, and with the help from others, read through the Bible and pointed out or highlighted the passages where women were portrayed as inferior.  They then wrote them all down, which took two volumes to contain all of it.  It was called The Woman's Bible.  This new versions of the bible started and uproar, causing  it to be published many times.  It is still currently in print today.

However, in 1896, Elizabeth suffered from having the organization which she made up, The National Women Suffrage Association, founded in 1869. The NWSA condemned The Women's Bible.  Susan left her position of  President, which she held for twenty-one years, in order to speak against the resolution.  The resolution passed, 53 to 41.

In 1840, Cady married Henry Brewster, against her father's wish.  That same year, she accompanied her new husband to London for the World Antislavery Convention, where she met Lucretia Mott.  However, female delegates refused recognition at the convention, and the two women became allies in the fight for women's rights.  Stanton circulated a petition which led to a statute, recognizing the property rights of married women in New York.  Elizabeth soon caught up with Mott in 1848, and convened their first convention, held in Seneca Falls, New York.  During this convention, Stanton wrote and read the Declaration of Sentiments, which was modeled on the Declaration of Independence.  They adopted resolutions, including the demand for women's right to vote.  However, Mott opposed.

Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady made a great team together.  Elizabeth was a great writer and Susan was a great organizer.  However, the two women argued about the question -- should women get the right to vote first and then change mores of the day, or should they change mores of the day and then suffrage would naturally follow?  They worked through their different opinions and edited, and wrote much of Revolution, a weekly newspaper, devoted to women's rights.  Also, with Matilda Jocelyn Gage, they complied the first tree volumes of the 'History of Woman Suffrage'.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton died in New York City, October 26, 1902.  Words found in the 19th Amendment of Constitution that granted woman suffrage were written by Elizabeth Cady Stanton.  Women's rights passed in 1920, therefore, Elizabeth had been dead for 18 years and had not got to see her victory that she fought for her entire life.  It is because of people like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and others who helped them fight the battle for equality, that women today have the equal rights and opportunities that men do.  These people do not really leave us when they die.  Everything that they have accomplished and given to us is still here.
Carrie Lane Chapman Catt
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
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