Elizabeth Cady Stantan

Civil Rights Leader

Life and Achievements

  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a leader in 19th century activism for women's suffrage; Stanton often worked with Susan B Anthony as the theorist and writer while Anthony was the public spokesperson.
  • Stanton was involved in reforms at an early age starting with the inspiration of her cousin Gerrit Smith
  • She graduated from the Emma Willard's Troy Female Seminary in 1832
  • With Lucretia Mott and several other women, Elizabeth Cady Stanton held the famous Seneca Falls Convention in July 1848. At this meeting, the attendees drew up its “Declaration of Sentiments” and took the lead in proposing that women be granted the right to vote.
  • During the Civil War Elizabeth Cady Stanton concentrated her efforts on abolishing slavery, but afterwards she became even more outspoken in promoting women suffrage. In 1868, she worked with Susan B. Anthony on the Revolution, a militant weekly paper.