Grace Kirby. Trahan. English 8. 3/22/17. Elizabeth Cady
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Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Fight for Women’s Rights
In the early 1800 's women were expected to stay in the home and care for the children. They were not allowed to vote or own property. The women were also expected to care for their husband’s needs. When a woman entered into marriage she lost her rights to speak for herself and she could not work for wages outside the home. A shift in the societal environment for women started with an idea of equality which led to the beginning of the woman suffrage movement (Donnaway).
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born November 12, 1815 (Sochen). She was educated at Emma Willard’s Academy which was thought to have the best education females could attain during…show more content…
For example, in the Declaration of Independence the statement “all men are created equal” she changed to say “all men and women are created equal” (Sochen). She also wrote for the right for women to vote just like men.
In 1851 Elizabeth met Susan Anthony another women’s right leader and together they formed a lifelong friendship where they shared the same interests of women’s rights. Together they organized rallies to empower women with the idea of equality. In 1853 a major setback occurred for the women when they were refused the right to speak at the World’s Temperance Convention in New York City (The National Women’s History Museum). Elizabeth interests began to broaden past women’s right to vote. She believed and counseled women to leave unhappy marriages and also encourage women on ways to avoid getting pregnant.
During the Civil War the efforts of the women’s rights movement came to a standstill. Women turned their attention to the war efforts. By the year 1865 when slavery was abolished Elizabeth separated from abolitionist whose interest were for African American’s right to vote only. This separation created a deepen conflict among the abolitionist and the organizers of the women’s civil rights movement. They resented the attempt of the women’s right movement to connect African American’s right to vote and to the women’s right to vote (Foner and Garraty). In 1868, Elizabeth, Susan and Parker Pillsbury wrote and published a periodical “The