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Elizabeth Cady Stanton | She Inspires

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a champion for all rights of women. We know her best from her role in the women’s suffrage movement.


Born in Johnstown, New York, November 12, 1815, she was the principle author of the Declaration of Sentiments.


Her father was an attorney and he introduced Elizabeth to learning about the law. She attended the Johnstown Academy and then enrolled at the Troy Female Seminary, now known as the Emma Willard School.


Elizabeth met her husband, Henry Brewster Stanton, through her early involvement in the temperance and abolition movements. They moved into the Cady household in Johnstown before eventually moving to Boston and then Seneca Falls, NY. They had seven children.


Elizabeth was instrumental in the Seneca Falls Convention and the path to the women’s right to vote, which was passed with the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920. She died at the age of 86 on October 26, 1902.
Her legacy in her writings and her actions in the women’s rights movement continue to inspire us today.

 

Some images courtesy of the Seneca Falls Historical Society and the Johnstown Historical Society​