Elizabeth equal with her husband, so she omitted the

Elizabeth
Cady Stanton was a prominent 19th- century women’s suffrage and
civil 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 a
son, 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 wanted
to 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 in
her getting the best education for women available at the time, Emma Willard’s
Academy, and she graduated in 1832. After she graduated, she studied law in the
office of her father and she learned of the discriminatory laws under which
women lived, and this started her willingness to fight for women’s rights. She
also had a cousin, Gerrit Smith, who was involved in the abolitionist movement
and got her involved in to the abolitionist movement. After her wedding, they
went on a honeymoon to see Lucretia Mott at an antislavery convention, and from
that point onward Elizabeth Cady Stanton was sold on dedicating her life to
help people receive the rights that they deserve.

            Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s interests
extend well beyond the right to vote, for example her first act in fighting for
equal rights is when she got involved in the act of abolishing slavery. Then in
1848, she helped organize the world’s first women’s rights convention with the
help of Lucretia Mott and helped secure the passage by the New York Legislative
of a bill granting married women’s property rights. Later, in 1851, she met
Susan B. Anthony and formed a lifelong partnership based on common dedication
to women’s emancipation. Stanton was also an advocate for encouraging women to
leave toxic relationships and in 1860, she participated in a heated debate
among 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 years
later they formed the National Women Suffrage Association. Elizabeth Cady
Stanton and Susan B. Anthony formed a militant weekly paper in 1868. Elizabeth
Cady Stanton also had many publishing’s such as two different volumes of the
Women’s Bible in 1895 and 1898 and an autobiography, Eight Years and Me, in 1898. She continued her activism on behalf
of women’s emancipation until her death in 1902.

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            Elizabeth Cady Stanton held many
influential roles in her associations and more. She was the President of
National Women’s Suffrage Association for 20 years. She was the first President
of this organization. She was also the President of National American Women
Suffrage Association for two years. Stanton was in all of these major roles for
a reason, and that is because of her incredible writing and speaking skills. She
travelled very frequently to give lectures and speeches. Stanton was also
better speaker and writer than Susan B. Anthony, and wrote many of her
speeches. She used these skills to write what is called the “Declaration of
Sentiments,” and she modeled it after the “Declaration of Independence.” This
was presented at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876. This
“Declaration of Sentiments,” discussed the inferior status of women and
launched the American women’s rights movement, it proposed that women be given
the right to vote, which was a revolutionary call across many spectrums for women’s
rights. Stanton and Susan B. Anthony also worked together to write the first
three volumes of the History on Women’s Suffrage.

Stanton was an advocate to all un-justices committed
against anyone, not just women. Her main focus was women. She was an advocate
for many things, such as the right to self-sovereignty, which is that women
should take deliberate measures to avoid becoming pregnant. She also had
advocacy of liberalized divorce laws, reproductive self-determination, granting
married women the rights to their wages and to equal guardianship to their
children. One of Stanton’s principal issues was liberalized divorce laws, and
she fought for drunkenness to be a sufficient cause to warrant a divorce. She
also took on the role religion played in the struggle for equal rights for
women. Elizabeth Cady Stanton took on all topics that everyone else believed to
be too dangerous, or controversial. She fought for everything for anyone. She
believed that one day we would all be equal: women, men, and all races, and she
tried her best to make that happen. The most we can do is continue her fight
until everyone, everywhere is treated as equals.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton is important to U.S history
for many reasons. She is the reason why women have the right to vote and why
all races are treated as equals under the constitution. She sparked the ideas
of women being allowed to vote and for women to be allowed to do anything men
can do. Stanton wanted to break down gender barriers and all barriers to be
exact. Her efforts to make women an equal member of society have saved many
lives. 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 to
her. If Elizabeth Cady Stanton never become an advocate of women’s rights, many
women would be stuck in toxic marriages, have no control over what happens to
herself, have no say in anything (especially the government), and they would
not be able to have a say in their children. Stanton has made revolutionary
changes that impacted society back in the 1800’s and the things that she has
done, even effects society today. She is extremely important to U.S. history
and she will always be remembered for her advocacy of all.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton interests me for many
reasons. It is inspiring to see someone stand up for people she didn’t even
know and to see someone fight for things they believed in, until they got the
results that they wanted. She also didn’t just fight for her friends, but she
fought for everyone. She believed that everyone deserved a chance at a normal
and equal life, and that is inspiring. She also fought for people who couldn’t
fight for themselves and she had so much bravery. She took on the entire
country at once and convinced them that women should have the same rights as men
and that all races should have the same rights. I aspire to one day have the
bravery and courage that Stanton displayed and to not be afraid to fight for
any cause I believe in and to fight for those who cannot fight themselves. That
is why I chose Elizabeth Cady Stanton as a U.S history hero.      

 

Bibliography

 

History.com Staff. “Elizabeth Cady
Stanton.” History.com, A Television
Networks, 2009,  

            www.history.com/topics/womens-history/elizabeth-cady-stanton.

“Elizabeth Cady Stanton.” Biography.com, A Networks
Television, 28 Apr. 2017,

            www.biography.com/people/elizabeth-cady-stanton-9492182.

“Elizabeth Cady Stanton.” Biography.com, A Networks
Television, 28 Apr. 2017,

            www.biography.com/people/elizabeth-cady-stanton-9492182

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