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Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Elizabeth Cady Stanton's father was a noted lawyer and state assemblyman and young Elizabeth gained an informal legal education by talking with him and listening in on his conversations with colleagues and guests.

Stanton married abolitionist lecturer Henry Stanton in 1840. She also became active in the anti-slavery movement and worked alongside leading abolitionists of the day. While on her honeymoon in London to attend a World’s Anti-Slavery convention, Stanton met abolitionist Lucretia Mott, who, like her, was also angry about the exclusion of women at the proceedings.

Mott and Stanton, now fast friends, vowed to call a woman’s rights convention when they returned home. Eight years later, in 1848, Stanton and Mott held the first Woman’s Rights convention at Seneca Falls, New York.

Stanton authored “The Declaration of Sentiments.” This pivotal document called for social and legal changes to elevate women’s place in society. Stanton met Susan B. Anthony in 1851, and the two quickly began collaboration on speeches, articles, and books. Their intellectual and organizational partnership dominated the woman’s movement for over half a century. When Congress passed the 14th and 15th amendments which give voting rights to African American men, Anthony and Stanton were disappointed and opposed the legislation because it didn’t include the right to vote for women.

Stanton died in October 1902 in New York City, 18 years before women gained the right to vote.

(Michals, Debra. "Elizabeth Cady Stanton." National Women's History Museum. National Women's History Museum, 2017. 23 July 2019.)