Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Elizabeth Cady Stanton was an American suffragist, social activist, abolitionist, and leading figure of the early women's rights movement. (Source: Wikipedia)

Born: November 12, 1815, Johnstown, NY

Died: October 26, 1902, New York, NY

Education: Emma Willard (1830–1832)

Children: Harriot Stanton Blatch, Theodore Stanton


“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal.”

“The best protection any woman can have... is courage.”

“Truth is the only safe ground to stand upon.”

In the summer of 1848, Stanton–along with the abolitionist and temperance activist Lucretia Mott and a handful of other reformers–organized the first women’s-rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York. Some 240 men and women gathered to discuss what Stanton and Mott called “the social, civil, and religious condition and rights of women.” One hundred of the delegates–68 women and 32 men–signed a Declaration of Sentiments, modeled on the Declaration of Independence, declaring that women were citizens equal to men with “an inalienable right to the elective franchise.” The Seneca Falls Convention marked the beginning of the campaign for woman suffrage.