|Elizabeth Cady Stanton|
Born on November 12, 1815 in Johnstown, New York, Elizabeth Cady Stanton grew up knowing her father wished she were a boy. She decided at an early age to be just as good as any boy and excelled in school. In 1839, she met fellow abolitionist Henry Stanton and fell in love. The couple eloped and moved to London. During the ceremony, Elizabeth told the minister that she and Henry would be equal partners and she would not promise to "obey" him.
While in London, Elizabeth met Lucretia Mott and the pair spoke out about women's rights. They drew up a declaration of woman's rights and modeled it after the Declaration of Independence. Their points included that women had no right to property, even to the wages they earned, that only men had the power to divorce, that if a woman wanted to work, she had little choice of what she could do, and she wouldn't get much pay, that women were denied an equal education, and that women should have the right to vote. Sixty eight women and thirty two men signed a petition in support of the declaration.
Elizabeth met Susan B. Anthony in 1851, and together they continued the fight for women's rights. Elizabeth was president of the National American Women's Suffrage Association from 1869 until 1892. During the Civil War she spent time signing petitions for emancipation. She believed the only way to gain womens' suffrage would be to gain a constitutional amendment that would state the sex of a person wouldn't keep a person from obtaining the right to vote.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton died on October 26, 1902. She did not survive to see women get the right to vote nearly 20 years later, but her fight paved the way. She believed in her cause, spoke convincingly about it, and never backed down. She was a true woman of achievement.
My latest release from Whispers Publishing, Speak Easy to Me, takes place just before the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution giving women the right to vote.