If you are a woman living in America, you can thank Elizabeth Cady Stanton for your right to vote. She was a leading figure of the early women’s civil rights movement.
The first women’s rights convention was held in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York. Elizabeth presented her Declaration of Sentiments at the convention and is considered the leader of the first organized civil rights movement for women.
Elizabeth was an abolitionist, but her main goal was women’s rights. However, she considered women’s rights to go far beyond voting. She wanted women to have equal custody rights, property rights, income rights, the right to file for divorce, and birth control rights. She was also a supporter of the temperance movement.
She opposed the fourteenth and fifteenth amendments because she felt that it was wrong for black men to be given Constitutional rights while women (both black and white) were left without these same basic rights. Elizabeth Cady Stanton died in 1902 after publishing numerous articles and pamphlets, as well as her autobiography.
She was an extraordinary figure in women’s history. Be thankful throughout the month of March for the women who fought to ensure equality.