Elizabeth Cady Staton

Jessica Christian

Biographical Information

Elizabeth Cady Staton was born on November 12, 1815 in Johnstown, New York. Her passion for Women's rights is said to be caused by her father, a lawyer, who made it very clear that he had a preference for another son.

Description of the Movement

The late 1800s was a time when women began to increasingly demand rights. There were several leading women including Elizabeth Cady Staton, Susan B. Anthony, and and Lucretia Mott. Along with Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Staton held the famous Seneca Falls Convention where the "Declaration of Sentiments" was written and the preposition of the women's right to vote.


During the Civil War Staton worked with Susan B. Anthony in the abolition of slavery.

National American Women Suffrage Association

Staton and Anthony formed the National Women Suffrage Association in 1869. Staton served as the first president until 1890. They then merged with another suffrage group to form the National American Woman Suffrage Association where Staton was president for 2 years.