Elizabeth’s dedication to women 's rights sometimes created a tiff in her marriage but, that was completely unknown to many, “Elizabeth kept silent while her husband was having a grand old time in the thick of things. But whatever arguments the couple engaged remained between them (89). Not only did the women 's rights cause problems in her marriage it also created problems in many other relationships. Elizabeth Cady Stanton continuously pushed boundaries like with her fashion, “That spring Stanton, Lucy Stone, and Amelia Bloomer had traded in their cumbersome attire for the “‘Bloomer costume”’ and thus made the dress reform” (80). Her family was apposed to her wearing fants they were so upset by it that some did not even want to talk to her or be around her while she wore bloomers. She didn’t mind causing an uproar or being judged and ridiculed constantly. She did what ever it took to make a stand and do what was needed to succeed. During this time period of the mid 1800s and beyond that, Elizabeth would be considered a “maverick”. Though there were many women, and a select few men who actively participated in the movement of women 's rights, most people did not stand up for what they believed in, or did not have the literary needed to express themselves, and some were even opposed to what Elizabeth and other reformers were doing. The majority of people did not help the womens rights movement, making it a out of the social norm to be a part of. Elizabeth was one of the few that spoke up for what she believed in, and never let societies view put her down or make her feel inferior to men. Being the one to stand up and create a change is a difficult thing to do, it takes confidence and aspiration that Elizabeth Cady Stanton
American women have been concerned about their rights since the country was under the Articles of Confederation. As the founding fathers got together to discuss the construction of the country, Abigail Adams, John Adams’ wife, reminded her husband to “remember the ladies” and that they are “determined to foment a rebellion” if ignored (Russell). At the Seneca Falls convention a large group of women got together to discuss the rights they thought they deserved and were being deprived of, and how they could accomplish their goals. This historic convention was the birthplace of inspirational suffragists, revolutionary ideas, and the Declaration of Sentiments, an extremely clever document that listed the grievances of women. The Seneca Falls Convention
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was an important element of the Women’s Rights Movement, but not many people know of her significance or contributions because she has been overshadowed by her long time associate and friend, Susan B. Anthony. However, I feel that she was a woman of great importance who was the driving force behind the 1848 Convention, played a leadership role in the women’s rights movement for the next fifty years, and in the words of Henry Thomas, “She was the architect and author of the movement’s most important strategies ad documents.”
One of the main leaders in the Women’s Rights movement was Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who was born in Jamestown, New York on November 12th, 1815 into a strict Presbyterian home. She attended Johnstown Academy, where only boys were admitted, but because of her sex she could not attend colleges that offered higher degrees, so she was accepted into Emma Willard’s academy in Troy, New York where she graduated in 1832. After graduating she studied law with her father, Judge Daniel Cady, but was not admitted to the bar, once again because of her sex.
The tears and complaints of the women who came to my father for legal advice touched my heart and drew my attention to the injustice and cruelty of the laws. I could not understand why my father could not alleviate the sufferings of these women (Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Excerpts from her Autobiography)”. So she grew up hearing these women and hear them coming to try and do something about their rights, so this inspired her to do something to create change. Stanton’s father was against women having rights and what all she had partaken in until 1854 when she was preparing her first speech to the New York Legislator. She went in his office and read him the speech as part of practice and when she looked up he was crying because he had finally realized what it meant to her and how awful it really was that women didn’t have rights. Elizabeth Cady Stanton was one of the most influential women during the women’s suffragist movement. She spoke to crowds of thousands of people and influential people in the government about how women should have equal rights; she even helped create the National Women’s Suffrage Association, along with the help of Susan B.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton made a remarkable difference in the history world for women and has encouraged many women to get involved. Stanton was a leading figure of the women's rights movement. Her declaration of sentiments was revolutionary for women's rights. She was an american suffragist, social activist, and a leading figure. As she grew older she narrowed her political focus on women’s rights. Stanton worked to not only address the main ideas of women's rights such as voting, but she tried to address the deeper issue people didn’t want to face.
Anthony was “Elizabeth Cady Stanton, born in Johnstown, New York.” She was fortunate enough, unlike most girls in her time, to “received the best female education available at the time, at Emma Willard’s Academy.” One day while attending a social activity at her cousin, abolitionist Gerrit Smith’s house she fell in love with another abolitionist, Henry B. Stanton. Henry was an older, “romantic figure, who was part of the world of reform”, this made him all the more attractive to Elizabeth. Her father was absolutely opposed to her relationship with Stanton but “despite her father’s [disapproval], they married in 1840 and [chose to go] to London to attend the World’s Antislavery Convention for their honeymoon.” There Cady met “Lucretia Mott, the leading American female abolitionist, [who inspired her to] study the Anglo-American traditions of women’s rights.” After the honeymoon and some time being married “the Stantons moved to rural Seneca Falls, New York, in 1847 where she had the last three of their seven children.” Being tired of her social confinement she, with the “help of Mott, organized the world’s first women’s rights convention and insisted on including the
Along with Lucretia Mott, Stanton brought together the first women’s rights convention in 1848. This meeting was held in Seneca Falls, New York. She was close with Susan B. Anthony, who later helped her lead the women’s movement, although they disagreed often. During this time, she was publishing her opinion through articles in the daily newspapers and many women’s rights journals. She later published an assertive
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born November 12, 1815, in Johnstown, New York. She was born unto a conservative, Presbyterian family of considerable social standing. Her father, Judge Daniel Cady, was considered to be both a wealthy landowner and a prominent citizen with great political status (Banner 3). Stanton was one of seven children, 6 of which were girls, to be born to Daniel and Margaret. Growing up in the period that she did, Elizabeth was very fortunate to receive the outstanding education that she did since it was not as important to educate daughters as it was sons. She overcame that boundary when she began attending Johnstown Academy. She was the only girl in most of her classes, which was unheard of in those days. Even when females did attend schools, they were learning about “womanly” things, like how to run a household, not advanced math and science courses, like she was in. She then went on to further her education at a very prominent educational institution, Emma Willard’s Troy Seminary. After that she studied law with her father, who was a New York Supreme Court Judge. It is through this training that her awareness was raised about the discrimination that women were subjected to.
This book about Elizabeth Cady Stanton will definitely open the readers eyes about what women went through before they even had basic rights. It goes into great detail about the trials and tribulations Elizabeth Cady Stanton went through to fight for women’s rights and what she believed in. This incredible woman stood her ground, even though her beliefs were not what others believed in at the time. She is the woman who began what we know as feminism.
Women owe many of the rights they have today to Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s relentless efforts and life-long work and advocating for Women’s Rights. Stanton wasn’t only a suffragist, she also strived for women to get women to be able to divorce their husbands. She wanted women to try to keep themselves from getting pregnant. She wanted women to have "sexual freedom" and be able to marry whoever they choose, regardless of race.
Lois W. Banners “Elizabeth Cady Stanton; A radical for Woman’s Rights” is probably the most dreadfully, painfully, boring book any reader could ever lay their hands on. After reading this book readers may want to cry for a few hours because they will never get those valuable hours of their lives back, no matter how hard they try. There was not even one single interesting thing about this book. It seems as if the author just wanted to confuse the reader, rather than educating them.
Women’s suffrage has been a prominent issue and even now, there are issues of sexism and equal rights. This document is valuable in the sense that it really laid out the terms of conditions, which a certain group of women wanted to get across. It also provided much of the ground work as well as the push needed to actually get their job done. This document was created in order to list many of the issues that were affecting women at the time, and things that can be done to rectify these wrongs. It was created to insight change in the world that they lived in, and has affected the world, which we experience today. Stanton states many of the problems that women faced. The first is that women are not treated equally to men at all. In fact, women had almost the same relationship to men, as slaves did to their masters. Because of this, one of the first thing that Stanton writes is that men and women are created equal, therefore should have the same rights as each other. Stanton then proceeds by saying that it is the right of those who suffer to refuse allegiance to those who are oppressing them. She is setting up the scene to talk about women’s rights. She then makes a daring statement by saying that history is riddled with “repeated injuries” by man towards women. This could have been a potentially dangerous statement to make as a woman during the 1800s. The first specific issue mentioned by Stanton is that man has not granted women the right to vote. The next grievance is that fact that women were made to obey laws, which they had no say in writing. Stanton wanted women to be able to vote as well as have a voice in the decisions that are made outside of elections. She then mentions how even the most “ignorant and degraded” men have the rights that women of good standing do not. Women are left without representation and once married, are “civilly dead”. She then talks about how men
The Women's Rights Movement marks July 13, 1848 as it’s beginning. On that sweltering summer day in upstate New York, a young housewife and mother, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, was invited to tea with four women friends. When the course of their conversation turned to the situation of women, Stanton poured out her discontent with the limitations placed on her own situation under America's new democracy. Surely the new republic would benefit from having its women play more active roles throughout society. Stanton's friends agreed with her, passionately.
Around the middle of the nineteenth century, women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony started demanding rights for women. They both spoke eloquently to make people believe that women deserved to have rights. Stanton started this reform when she organized the Women’s Rights Convention at Seneca Falls, New York in 1848. There she read the Declaration of Sentiments which was derived from the Declaration of Independence. As described in Document F, it told why women deserved rights just as Stanton did in her declaration.