Abolitionists Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Frederick Douglas. July 4th Weekend 2020
Primary Author & champion of the Women's Rights Movement, Elizabeth Cady Stanton began her Political career as an Abolitionist, advocating for the 13th Amendment that ended slavery.
The daughter of a prominent Attorney, Elizabeth Cady married Henry Stanton who worked tirelessly for the passage of the 13th Amendment.
"While on her honeymoon in London to attend a World’s Anti-Slavery convention, Stanton met abolitionist Lucretia Mott, who, like her, was also angry about the exclusion of women at the proceedings. Mott and Stanton, now fast friends, vowed to call a woman’s rights convention when they returned home. Eight years later, in 1848, Stanton and Mott held the first Woman’s Rights convention at Seneca Falls, New York. Stanton authored, “The Declaration of Sentiments,” which expanded on the Declaration of Independence by adding the word “woman” or “women” throughout. This pivotal document called for social and legal changes to elevate women’s place in society and listed 18 grievances from the inability to control their wages and property or the difficulty in gaining custody in divorce to the lack of the right to vote. That same year, Stanton circulated petitions throughout New York to urge the New York Congress to pass the New York Married Women’s Property Act."
Yesterday on Social Media there were several posts on abolitionist orator Frederick Douglas' speech at a 4th of July celebration in Rochester, NY in 1852 named his "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?" speech.
Like most of you reading this Blog Post, I had never heard of this. As you can image, this wasn't taught in History Class.
Much like the History of Women's Rights.
Barely a footnote in the History books if even that.
As a Feminist who believes in Equal Rights FOR EVERYONE, I believe that we can walk & chew gum at the same time.
These Historical perspectives are not mutually exclusive: we can right both of these wrongs at the same time.
I do happen to know quite a bit about Elizabeth Cady Stanton's career of Political Activism.
While she never ran for Elective Office, she was the major driving force behind the push for the 19th Amendment granting women the Right to Vote.
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