Who was she?
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a Suffragist, social activist, abolitionist and a prominent figure in the early women’s rights movement. In addition to fighting for women to get the vote in America, Stanton worked to secure parental and custody rights, property rights, employment and income rights, divorce, and birth control rights for women.
What did she do?
In the spring of 1840 when she and Lucretia Mott attended the World Anti Slavery Convention in London, the male delegates voted that women should not be able to participate in the proceedings. The two formed an alliance then and there and committed themselves to fighting for women’s rights. Stanton later drafted a Declaration of Sentiments, similar to the Declaration of Independence, in which she called for equal rights for men and women including equal voting rights. She teamed up with Susan B Anthony who, being single and childless, traveled around the country giving speeches on women’s suffrage while Stanton wrote those speeches and tended to her own children.
Why is she important?
Elizabeth lady Stanton fought hard for a number of unpopular ideals in her day including: gender neutral divorce laws, a woman’s right to refuse her husband sexually, increased economic opportunities for women, the right for women to serve on juries and, of course, a woman’s right to vote. She died 18 years before women were granted the right to vote.