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Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The Mother of the Women's Rights Movement

Elizabeth Cady Stanton with two of her seven Children

When I say Elizabeth Cady Stanton was the Mother of the Women's Rights Movement, boy was she. As the Mother of 7 children, Stanton needed like-minded individuals to help bring her message to the world while she fulfilled her responsibility of caring for her children.

A fervent Abolitionist, Stanton along with Lucretia Mott was one of the organizers of the first Women's Rights Conventions, held at Seneca Falls, NY in 1848 upon their return from an Anti-Slavery Convention in Europe.

During the World Anti-Slavery Convention in London, Elizabeth was DENIED ENTRY into the Convention solely because she was a Woman.

She was subjected to Gender-Based Discrimination.

The daughter of a prominent Johnstown attorney, Stanton was well-educated at unlike most women of her day & became the primary Philosopher whose ideas started the Women's Rights Movement.

Born into a prominent family, Stanton did not flaunt her quote/unquote "privilege." She used her standing n the community to reach down & lift people up.

Upon her return from London where she had been insulted by the discriminatory way she had been treated, she & Lucretia Mott whom she had met in London set the wheels in motion to organize the very first Women's Rights Convention at Senecca Falls, New York in 1848.

Among the participants was Abolitionist Frederick Douglas, a newly-freed Slave himself.

You literally cannot speak of Frederick Douglas without mention of Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Abolitionists Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Frederick Douglas 4th of July Weekend 2020

Stanton & Douglas were friends - they knew each other well & Frederick Douglas was one of the Male Signers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton's Declaration of Sentiments that came out of the 1848 Senecca Falls Convention.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton did not live to see the passage of the 19th Amendment.

2020 is the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

A Fitting tribute would be Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, beginning with passage of SJR6

More on this soon.

Stay Tuned.

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