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Elizabeth Cady Stanton 1815–1902
Founder of the Women's Rights Movement

Elizabeth Cady Stanton was never afraid to be different. As a girl in Johnstown, New York, she did things that only boys were supposed to do during that time. She rode horses. She studied Greek. She discussed law with her father. Stanton needed this courage when she and four other women decided to hold the first women's rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848. Stanton wrote the now-famous Declaration of Sentiments. For the first time, women publicly demanded the right to vote.

Over the next fifty years, Stanton wrote many speeches, articles, petitions, letters, and books in support of women's rights. She traveled and lectured. Stanton worked with Susan B. Anthony to persuade lawmakers in New York to change unfair state laws. She helped put the first women's suffrage amendment before Congress in 1878. The struggle for equality was slow and difficult. Stanton, however, kept up the fight for the rest of her life.

Comprehension Check

What did Stanton do in 1878?

Critical Thinking

Why do you think Stanton is remembered today?