Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, born in 1815, played an influential role in the women's rights movement. Cady Stanton played an intricle role in the development of the 1848 convention in Seneca Falls, NY and helped architect and author some of the movement's most important documents.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton experienced the power of reform movements at an early age. Gerrit Smith, Elizabeth's cousin, took part in an intricate system called the "underground railroad" that housed fugitive slaves and made it hard for plantation owner's to find people that had been their slaves. Elizabeth also met her future husband, Henry Stanton, at her cousin's home. In 1840, they traveled together to London, where Henry served as a delegate at the World Anti-Slavery Convention. In London, Elizabeth met Lucretia Mott, a Quaker teacher who had been denied a spot as a delegate at the convention because she was a women. Elizabeth and Lucretia became fast friends and soon began discussing the need for a convention dealing with women's rights.
In 1848, Elizabeth and Lucretia encountered each other again while doing missionary work for the Seneca Indians in upstate New York. Along with Jane Hunt and Martha Coffin Wright, Lucretia and Elizabeth began making plans for the first women's rights convention. This convention acted as a catalyst for the women's rights movement in the United States. In 1851, Elizabeth met temperance activist, Susan B. Anthony at an anti-slavery meeting in Seneca Falls, NY. This meeting facilitated a lasting friendship and relationship. Elizabeth wrote many of Susan B. Anthony's speeches and together they led the National Women's Suffrage Association. Later in her career, Elizabeth began focusing on social reforms related to women other then suffrage. She colloborated with Susan B. Anthony again and wrote the first three volumes of “A History of Women Suffrage”, which covered 1848 to 1877.
Unfortunately, Elizabeth died in 1902, and was not able to see women's suffrage in the United States. However, she is still regarded as one of the major forces in the drive towards equal rights for American women and women throughout the world.
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