Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815–1902)
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This chapter discusses life history of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a feminist thinker. By the time that the Susan B. Anthony Amendment for women's suffrage was ratified in 1920, few American suffragists and feminists acknowledged that Elizabeth Cady Stanton had been the one to insist in 1848 that women had an "inalienable right to the elective franchise". The disavowal of Stanton as one of the most prominent voices in the nineteenth-century suffrage movement derives in large part from her refusal to focus solely on the vote as the means for women to achieve equality. In her half-century of published works speeches, articles, a newspaper, a history of the suffrage movement, a feminist interpretation of the Bible, and a memoir Stanton explored the multiple sources of women's inequality in American political, legal, economic, educational, religious, and social life. During the Civil War, Stanton, like most women's rights leaders, focused primarily on abolition.