Photograph of American women's rights leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

(1815 - 1902)

When Elizabeth Cady married Henry Brewster Stanton at the age of twenty-five in 1840, she demanded that the word obey be deleted from her vows. She presented her Declaration of Sentiments, outlining the rights American women should be entitled to as citizens, at the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 which she co-organized, also proposing a resolution for women’s suffrage, the first of its kind in the United States. Thirty years later, she drafted an amendment giving women the right to vote; it was offered in Congress every year until women’s suffrage was granted in 1920, eighteen years after her death.

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To make laws that man cannot and will not obey serves to bring all law into contempt.

—Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1860

We cannot say what the woman might be physically, if the girl were not allowed all the freedom of the boy in romping, climbing, swimming, playing whoop and ball.

—Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1848

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