Elizabeth Cady Stanton: An American Suffragist

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton, an American Suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton was an American suffragist in the 1800’s. She was an advocate for women 's voting rights, and challenged traditional mindsets regarding women’s roles in marriage, divorce, property rights, and parental rights. Her call to arms for a Constitutional amendment for women 's equal rights has been described as the most shocking and unnatural of its time! Elizabeth Cady Stanton took a stand for women’s rights in the 19th century by challenging traditional roles for women, legislating for national laws to give women equal rights, organizing the first women’s conference, and writing the Declaration of Sentiments.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton became interested in women 's rights at an
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Elizabeth tried really hard to be a great housewife and a great mother but she became bored. So, she decided to travel with her husband when he would give speeches! One day, they went to an antislavery convention in New York. This made her upset because she wanted to participate in it but she couldn’t because she was a female, and African Americans were treated poorly during the convention. After being rejected, she focused deeply on women 's rights. She focused on women 's rights first than slavery. She became a great writer and was considered a philosopher. She felt that important changes for women didn’t need to take place all at once! She knew that it would take time. For example, she really focused on women 's rights to vote, and felt that a woman 's right to own property would come …show more content…
Elizabeth was very critical of Christianity and how it prevented women from having a voice and achievements. She wrote her own bible, called The Woman’s Bible in 1898. It was so controversial that Christian women turned away from Elizabeth and the woman’s rights movement. “Accepting the view that man was prior in the creation, some Scriptural writers say that as the woman was of the man, therefore, her position should be one of subjection. Grant it, then as the historical fact is reversed in our day, and the man is now of the woman, shall his place be one of subjection.” (Stanton, pg 20-21).) Elizabeth believed that woman did not have much opportunity and a voice because of the teachings in The Bible. She was very critical of the way the Bible depicted women as submissive to men. “The Bible teaches women that …Marriage for her was to be a condition of bondage, maternity a period of suffering and anguish and in silence and subjection, she was to play the role of a dependent on man’s bounty for all her material wants, and for all the information she might desire on the vital questions of the hour, she was commanded to ask her husband at home. Here 's the bible position for women briefly summed up. We cannot accept any code or creed that uniformly defrauds woman of all her natural rights.” (Stanton, page 28.) This quote by Elizabeth

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