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Elizabeth Cady Stanton: "The Mother of Woman Suffrage"

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a major force behind the empowerment of women in the United States and throughout the world.  She was a founder of the women’s rights movement, which led to American women winning the right to vote in 1920.

Her 1840 marriage to abolitionist Henry Brewster Stanton introduced her to other progressives. In 1848, she helped persuade New York legislators to enact laws protecting married women’s property rights and helped lead the first women’s rights convention in the United States (and probably the world), in Seneca Falls, New York. Among other things, the convention demanded female suffrage (the right to vote).

Around 1850, Stanton began her association with Susan B. Anthony, another leading feminist. Famous as president of the National Woman Suffrage Association, Stanton collaborated with Anthony on the History of Woman Suffrage. She died in 1902, having created a national agenda for women’s equality that was to be realized in the following decades.