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Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton, c.  1880


Elizabeth Cady
November 12, 1815
Johnstown, New York, U.S.


October 26, 1902
New York City, U.S.


Writer, suffragist, women's rights activist, abolitionist


Henry Brewster Stanton ( m.  1840; died 1887)


7, including Theodore Weld Stanton and Harriot Eaton Stanton Blatch


Daniel CadyMargaret Livingston Cady


Gerrit Smith, cousin Col. James Livingston, grandfather


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Elizabeth Cady Stanton was an American suffragist, social activist, abolitionist, and leading figure of the early women's rights movement. Her Declaration of Sentiments, presented at the Seneca Falls Convention held in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York, is often credited with initiating the first organized women's rights and women's suffrage movements in the United States. Stanton was president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association from 1890 until 1892.

Before Stanton narrowed her political focus almost exclusively to women's rights, she was an active abolitionist with her husband Henry Brewster Stanton and cousin Gerrit Smith. Unlike many of those involved in the women's rights movement, Stanton addressed various issues pertaining to women beyond voting rights. Her concerns included women's parental and custody rights, property rights, employment and income rights, divorce, the economic health of the family, and birth control. She was also an outspoken supporter of the 19th-century temperance movement.

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