Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) was an outstanding figure in the history of the fight for women’s rights, and also worked within the abolitionist movement.
It has been 111 years since her death, and yet the standards she set for women’s rights still affect many movements today.
One of Elizabeth’s greatest accomplishments was the organization of the Seneca Falls Convention, in which 300 people
(including 40 men) attended to listen to guest speakers, such as
Stanton, speak about the unfair treatment of women. The convention not only opened the eyes of many to the daily struggles of women, but it also led to several other conventions, all of which Stanton was apart of. In 1851, Stanton became close friends with Susan B. Anthony, and together the two were pioneers in the abolitionist and women’s rights movement. In 1863, the two formed the Women’s National Loyalty
League in order to support the 13th amendment to abolish slavery, and to campaign for full citizenship for both blacks and women. Later, in 1869, the two women formed National Woman Suffrage Association, within which Stanton wrote The Declaration of Rights of the Women of the United States. Additionally, the two women wrote a weekly newsletter, The Revolution, in New York, that argued for equal rights, suffrage, and pay.
Stanton leaves behind a legacy of determination, persistence and fearlessness. Due to the radical nature of her ideas, often times she was not supported by anyone. However, she continued to fight for what she believed in, despite being alone at times. Stanton’s efforts founded the basis for not only women’s suffrage, but reform for legal and social issues as well. Stanton’s suffrage efforts lead to the 19th amendment, although it was ratified after her death. Without Elizabeth Cady Stanton, it may have taken much longer for a legitimate women’s movement to form, and even then it would have been much weaker without her. She is an