Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1815–1902, American reformer, a leader of the woman-suffrage movement, b. Johnstown, N.Y. She was educated at the Troy Female Seminary (now Emma Willard School) in Troy, N.Y. In 1840 she married Henry Brewster Stanton, a journalist and abolitionist, and attended with him the international slavery convention in London. The woman delegates were excluded from the floor of the convention; the indignation this aroused in Elizabeth Stanton and Lucretia Mott was an important factor in their efforts to organize women to win greater equality. With several others they called the first women's rights convention in the United States in 1848 at Seneca Falls, N.Y. Stanton insisted that a suffrage clause be included in the bill of rights for women that was drawn up at the convention.

Elizabeth Stanton was a brilliant orator and an able journalist, and as a writer and lecturer she strove for legal, political, and industrial equality of women and for liberal divorce laws. From 1852, despite occasional disagreements, she was intimately associated with Susan B. Anthony in leading the women's movement. She was president of the National Woman Suffrage Association (1869–90) and of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (1890–92). With Anthony as publisher she and Parker Pillsbury edited (1868–70) the Revolution, a militant feminist magazine. She compiled with Susan B. Anthony and Matilda Joslyn Gage the first three volumes of History of Woman Suffrage (1881–86) and wrote Eighty Years and More (1898).

See Elizabeth Cady Stanton as Revealed in Her Letters, Diary and Reminiscences (ed. by T. Stanton and H. S. Blatch, 1922); The Selected Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, ed. by A. D. Gordon (6 vol., 1997–2013); biographies by W. E. Wise (1960) and E. Griffith (1985).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2013, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Political Thought of Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Women's Rights and the American Political Traditions
Sue Davis.
New York University Press, 2008
In Her Own Right: The Life of Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Elisabeth Griffith.
Oxford University Press, 1984
Man Cannot Speak for Her
Karlyn Kohrs Campbell.
Praeger Publishers, vol.2, 1989
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Speech at the Seneca Falls Convention, 1848"
Man Cannot Speak for Her
Karlyn Kohrs Campbell.
Praeger Publishers, vol.1, 1989
Librarian’s tip: "Cady Stanton's Speech" begins on p. 59
Divine Destiny: Gender and Race in Nineteenth-Century Protestantism
Carolyn A. Haynes.
University Press of Mississippi, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Five "Untangling the Biblical Knot: Reconsidering Elizabeth Cady Stanton and The Woman's Bible"
Sharing Her Word: Feminist Biblical Interpretation in Context
Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza.
Beacon Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "The Woman's Bible" begins on p. 59
From One Voice A Chorus: Elizabeth Cady Stanton's 1860 Address to the New York State Legislature
Miller, Diane Helene.
Women's Studies in Communication, Vol. 22, No. 2, Fall 1999
True Love and Perfect Union: The Feminist Reform of Sex and Society
William Leach.
Basic Books, 1980
Librarian’s tip: "Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Positivist World View" begins on p. 143
A Voice of Their Own: The Woman Suffrage Press, 1840-1910
Martha M. Solomon.
University of Alabama Press, 1991
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Elizabeth Cady Stanton begins on p. 71
Sexual Power: Feminism and the Family in America
Carolyn Johnston.
University of Alabama Press, 1992
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Elizabeth Cady Stanton begins on p. 27
Ballots and Bullets: Adapting Women's Rights Arguments to the Conditions of War
Brigance, Linda Czuba.
Women and Language, Vol. 28, No. 1, Spring 2005
Women Public Speakers in the United States, 1800-1925: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook
Karlyn Kohrs Campbell.
Greenwood Press, 1993
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Elizabeth Cady Stanton begins on p. 76
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