NOVEMBER 12, 1815–OCTOBER 26, 1902
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born in Johnstown, New York, in 1815. She was a women’s suffrage activist and writer.
Beginning her activism in the abolition movement before shifting her attention to women’s rights, she was one of the most prominent figures in the suffragist movement for decades. In 1848, Stanton planned a women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York, with her friend and fellow activist Lucretia Mott. The Seneca Falls Convention is considered by many to be one of the most significant milestones in the American women’s rights movement. There, a group of women’s rights activists gave speeches declaring the need for women’s political, social, and economic equality to interested listeners over the course of a few days. Most significantly, the convention produced a Declaration of Sentiments, which was created by the activists to declare a list of pro-women’s rights resolutions, including the need for women’s right to vote. This document was intentionally modeled after the American Declaration of Independence.
After Seneca Falls, Stanton worked with Susan B. Anthony to found the National Woman Suffrage Association. Like Anthony, she was criticized for prioritizing the rights of white women over those of Black Americans. Later in life, her work became increasingly radical as she questioned sexism in organized religion. She died in 1902 at age 86.
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