Elizabeth Cady Stanton
November 12, 1815 - October 26, 1902

Elizabeth was born in Johnstown, New York, the daughter of Margaret Livingston and Daniel Cady, the town's most prominent citizens. When Elizabeth's only brother died her father said, "Oh my daughter, I wish you were a boy!" Young Elizabeth tried to replace the son her father had lost. She went to school at the Johnstown Academy and at Emma Willard's Troy Female Seminary and did very well in school. She also learned a lot about the law from her father, who trained many of New York's lawyers.

In 1984 Elizabeth married Henry B. Stanton, a man who was famous for speaking out against slavery. Elizabeth had the word "obey" dropped from the marriage wording of the wedding vows. Elizabeth and Henry had seven children between 1842 and 1859. Elizabeth's family kept her very busy, but she still found time to write and she also became friends with Lucretia Mott, a woman who helped open Elizabeth's eyes to the unfair treatment of women.

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When Elizabeth and Henry moved their family from Boston to the village of Seneca Falls, New York, in 1847, Elizabeth found that she was bored with small town life. Eventually her boredom and her belief that women deserved to be treated better, led her to start the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls in July of 1848. At the convention Elizabeth and other women decided that women should be socially and politically equal to men. They determined that they would fight to change the laws that said women could not vote.

Elizabeth met Susan B. Anthony in March of 1851. Susan and Elizabeth made a very good team. Susan did not have children so she had the freedom to travel and speak to people about women's rights. Elizabeth, stayed home and took care of her family, but also found time to write powerful speeches, research the laws, and write articles supporting women's rights. In 1860 Elizabeth and Susan helped pass a new law that allowed married women to own property, engage in business, manage their income, and be joint guardian of their children.

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Over the years Elizabeth and Susan worked together in many organizations to gain equal voting rights for African American men and all women. They also published a women’s rights newspaper. Once Elizabeth's children became older, she was able to become a traveling lecturer and was able to tell many audiences how she felt about women's rights. Elizabeth maintained close contact with her friend Susan as the two women continued to seek rights for all women, nationally and internationally.

In the 1890s, Elizabeth was still writing and often submitted articles or essays to leading national newspapers and magazines. She became a well-known writer and women's advocate, especially after she wrote a women's version of the Bible that corrected passages in the bible that were demeaning to women. Elizabeth was living with two of her children in New York City when she died shortly before her 87th birthday. Susan B. Anthony was so sad she couldn't even talk about her good friend, Elizabeth.

Sadly, neither Elizabeth nor her friend Susan lived to see women get the vote. Together, they improved the political and social condition of women in our country. Their hard work is still appreciated by women today.

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