Elizabeth Cady Stanton
by Samee CallahanFeminist Wednesday University Ambassador
It’s important to look back on the history of women’s rights and appreciate how far we have come. Contemporary feminists, like myself, must learn from the successes and mistakes of the women that came before us in order to improve gender equality now.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a New York native and abolitionist during the early woman’s movement, was best known for writing the Declaration of Sentiments—a call to arms for female equality. The Declaration of Sentiments was a document similar to the US Declaration of Independence. With this document, Stanton became a leader in women’s suffrage. Stanton worked closely with Susan B. Anthony starting with the activist weekly paper, Revolution, and then forming the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) in 1869 where Stanton held presidency. The remainder of Stanton’s life was spent traveling across the nation giving speeches, assisting in chronicling the history of the suffrage movement, arguing against the Bible, and even publishing a critique called The Woman’s Bible.
Stanton was a strong woman who fought for a variety of women’s issues. I find her to be extremely admirable because of her relentless fight for all things related to women and equality. Elizabeth Cady Stanton inspires me to be uncompromising in my fight towards complete gender equality. Many people, especially people with strong religious backgrounds, looked down on her yet she kept fighting a good fight and made a difference.
Stanton once said, “The best protection any woman can have… is courage.” I keep this quote near and dear to my heart to remind me to have courage. No fight is ever won by backing down.