Elizabeth Cady Staton was a very prominent 19th century suffragist and civil rights activist, best known for her work alongside Susan Anthony and many other reputable women in the fight against inequality, the right to vote, acquiring guardianship for the children, as well as the Women’s Suffrage Movement. Due to her progressive upbringing and exposure to law and politics due to her father Daniel Staton’s position as lawyer, judge, as well as U.S. Congressman, she had also involved herself in the abolitionist movement.
Born in Johnstown, New York on the 12th of November, 1815, she had 10 brothers and sisters, however, most of them died during childhood. She was highly intelligent, and excelled greatly in school work and matters of politics. She was a pivotal part of matters and movements regarding Human Rights, Equality, Feminism, Women’s Suffrage, as well as the Abolitionist Movement. Over the next 30 years of her life, Elizabeth Cady Staton worked incredibly hard to improve the rights of women. Although she didn’t get the chance live long enough to see women gain the right to vote with the Nineteenth Amendment, it was due to her hard work and dedication that led to the triumphant victory for women everywhere. Here are 10 more incredible facts about the woman of the hour:
Fact 1: When Elizabeth Cady Staton was born on the 12th of November, 1815 in Johnstown, New York, her father had wished for a son. However, she rose to become a symbol of respect and power, every father would be proud to call her their own. It was through her father being a respected lawyer, assemblyman, and congressman that she was exposed to politics.
Fact 2: She was a highly driven, intelligent woman who excelled in Greek, Latin, and Mathematics at the Troy Female Seminary. Impressed?
Fact 3: She passed away on the 26th of October, 1902 in New York City, New York. On her deathbed she left behind an unmailed letter to Theodore Roosevelt, asking for his support in the Women’s Suffrage movement.
Fact 4: On her wedding day, she had the word ‘obey’ taken out from her wedding ceremony, and then proceeded to spend her honeymoon at the Anti-Slavery Convention held back in1840 in the city of London. She was more than a little miffed when she came to realize that women were not included as delegates at the convention.
Fact 5: Is this taking things a bit too far? Elizabeth Staton believed that the Holy Bible was partial to me, .so much so that she wrote a book entitled The Women’s Bible; where sexism was thoroughly discussed. Majority of her colleagues in the women’s rights movement did not hold the same views she held, and gradually many of her supporters began to distance themselves from her and the movement.
Fact 6: Susan B. Anthony had become a great friend of Staton. Together, they sought for support for their cause and spoke out against laws that discriminated against married women, including statutes that denied married women the right to own property or even hold the guardianship or custody of their children.
Fact 7: Staton and Anthony were partners in the movement, but it was Susan Anthony who received most of the publicity. Stanton stayed home most of the time and allowed Anthony the job of foot soldier in the movement because Stanton seven children to come home to. Anthony had no children and it was easier for her to travel.
Fact 8: There is a battleship that was used during World War II that was named after Stanton, called the USS Elizabeth C. Stanton.
Fact 9: Her home which is located in Seneca Falls was declared a National Historic Landmark.
Fact 10: Staton’s deep dislike for organized religion led to catapulting herself into religious matters. Back in 1898, she published The Woman’s Bible, which was a scholarly but rather irreverent piece of work brimming with feminist commentary, for which the National American Woman Suffrage Association censured her.