ElizabethCady Stanton was a prominent 19th- century women’s suffrage andcivil rights activist. She lived from 1815 to 1902 and was born in Johnstown,New York. She was the daughter of a lawyer that had a clear preference of ason, which helped spark her want for women to be treated equally. In 1840,Elizabeth Cady got married to Henry B.
Stanton and they moved to Seneca Falls,New York and had seven children. Even at the time in her marriage, she wantedto be known as an equal with her husband, so she omitted the word of “obey”from the marriage oath. She had a very progressive upbringing which resulted inher getting the best education for women available at the time, Emma Willard’sAcademy, and she graduated in 1832. After she graduated, she studied law in theoffice of her father and she learned of the discriminatory laws under whichwomen lived, and this started her willingness to fight for women’s rights. Shealso had a cousin, Gerrit Smith, who was involved in the abolitionist movementand got her involved in to the abolitionist movement.
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After her wedding, theywent on a honeymoon to see Lucretia Mott at an antislavery convention, and fromthat point onward Elizabeth Cady Stanton was sold on dedicating her life tohelp people receive the rights that they deserve. Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s interestsextend well beyond the right to vote, for example her first act in fighting forequal rights is when she got involved in the act of abolishing slavery. Then in1848, she helped organize the world’s first women’s rights convention with thehelp of Lucretia Mott and helped secure the passage by the New York Legislativeof a bill granting married women’s property rights. Later, in 1851, she metSusan B. Anthony and formed a lifelong partnership based on common dedicationto women’s emancipation. Stanton was also an advocate for encouraging women toleave toxic relationships and in 1860, she participated in a heated debateamong women’s rights activists over this topic. With the help of Susan B.Anthony, they formed the National Women’s Loyal League in 1863, and 6 yearslater they formed the National Women Suffrage Association.
Elizabeth CadyStanton and Susan B. Anthony formed a militant weekly paper in 1868. ElizabethCady Stanton also had many publishing’s such as two different volumes of theWomen’s Bible in 1895 and 1898 and an autobiography, Eight Years and Me, in 1898. She continued her activism on behalfof women’s emancipation until her death in 1902. Elizabeth Cady Stanton held manyinfluential roles in her associations and more. She was the President ofNational Women’s Suffrage Association for 20 years. She was the first Presidentof this organization. She was also the President of National American WomenSuffrage Association for two years.
Stanton was in all of these major roles fora reason, and that is because of her incredible writing and speaking skills. Shetravelled very frequently to give lectures and speeches. Stanton was alsobetter speaker and writer than Susan B. Anthony, and wrote many of herspeeches.
She used these skills to write what is called the “Declaration ofSentiments,” and she modeled it after the “Declaration of Independence.” Thiswas presented at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876. This”Declaration of Sentiments,” discussed the inferior status of women andlaunched the American women’s rights movement, it proposed that women be giventhe right to vote, which was a revolutionary call across many spectrums for women’srights.
Stanton and Susan B. Anthony also worked together to write the firstthree volumes of the History on Women’s Suffrage. Stanton was an advocate to all un-justices committedagainst anyone, not just women. Her main focus was women. She was an advocatefor many things, such as the right to self-sovereignty, which is that womenshould take deliberate measures to avoid becoming pregnant. She also hadadvocacy of liberalized divorce laws, reproductive self-determination, grantingmarried women the rights to their wages and to equal guardianship to theirchildren.
One of Stanton’s principal issues was liberalized divorce laws, andshe fought for drunkenness to be a sufficient cause to warrant a divorce. Shealso took on the role religion played in the struggle for equal rights forwomen. Elizabeth Cady Stanton took on all topics that everyone else believed tobe too dangerous, or controversial.
She fought for everything for anyone. Shebelieved that one day we would all be equal: women, men, and all races, and shetried her best to make that happen. The most we can do is continue her fightuntil everyone, everywhere is treated as equals. Elizabeth Cady Stanton is important to U.S historyfor many reasons. She is the reason why women have the right to vote and whyall races are treated as equals under the constitution. She sparked the ideasof women being allowed to vote and for women to be allowed to do anything mencan do.
Stanton wanted to break down gender barriers and all barriers to beexact. Her efforts to make women an equal member of society have saved manylives. Without her efforts, women would not be allowed to vote, get divorced,have equal guardianship of her children, and be able to control what happens toher.
If Elizabeth Cady Stanton never become an advocate of women’s rights, manywomen would be stuck in toxic marriages, have no control over what happens toherself, have no say in anything (especially the government), and they wouldnot be able to have a say in their children. Stanton has made revolutionarychanges that impacted society back in the 1800’s and the things that she hasdone, even effects society today. She is extremely important to U.S.
historyand she will always be remembered for her advocacy of all. Elizabeth Cady Stanton interests me for manyreasons. It is inspiring to see someone stand up for people she didn’t evenknow and to see someone fight for things they believed in, until they got theresults that they wanted. She also didn’t just fight for her friends, but shefought for everyone. She believed that everyone deserved a chance at a normaland equal life, and that is inspiring.
She also fought for people who couldn’tfight for themselves and she had so much bravery. She took on the entirecountry at once and convinced them that women should have the same rights as menand that all races should have the same rights. I aspire to one day have thebravery and courage that Stanton displayed and to not be afraid to fight forany cause I believe in and to fight for those who cannot fight themselves. Thatis why I chose Elizabeth Cady Stanton as a U.S history hero. Bibliography History.
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