By Harriet Sigerman
Tremendous, obdurate, and astonishingly far-sighted, Elizabeth Cady Stanton used to be the executive architect of the yankee women's circulate. right here, Harriet Sigerman provides a desirable profile of the girl who courageously campaigned for women's absolute correct to social and political equality within the 1800s. Her stands on matters corresponding to contraception, divorce reform, higher employment possibilities, and equivalent wages have been progressive and arguable then and are nonetheless debated within the political area at the present time. together with her tireless campaign for equivalent rights, Elizabeth Cady Stanton additionally raised seven teenagers, authored a historical past of the women's rights stream, a feminist critique of the Bible, and her autobiography. that includes never-before-seen photographs and illustrations, Elizabeth Cady Stanton brings to existence considered one of history's liveliest and such a lot interesting women's rights leaders.
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But for Stanton, temperance and women’s rights were intimately linked. “Waste no more time in petitioning, until we have men with clear heads and sound hearts in our halls of legislation,” she instructed the temperance women of New York State in an appeal on July 1, 1852. “Let woman never again be guilty of the folly of asking wine and beer-drinkers to put down the liquor traffic. ” On October 20, 1852, Stanton gave birth to her fifth child—a girl whom she named Margaret Livingston after her own mother.
Similarly, insisted Stanton, women are citizens and are entitled to all of the rights and privileges of citizenship. Then, in a lengthy series of resolutions, she demanded an end to all social, political, and economic discrimination against women. For married women she demanded the right to keep their own property and wages if they worked, and an end to the legal tradition that prevented wives from signing contracts, gave fathers instead of mothers guardianship over their children in divorce proceedings, denied all women a voice in making laws, and compelled wives to obey their husbands in all matters.
A champion of thy cause is born,” she wrote Lucretia Mott. “I never felt such sacredness in carrying This engraving shows a group of women beseeching a saloon keeper to halt the sale of alcohol, but temperance women did more than plead. They lobbied for laws to ban the consumption of alcohol and to protect wives’ property and wages from alcoholic husbands. During the 1850s, the temperance and women’s rights movements were very closely aligned. Image Not Available 63 ELIZABETH CADY STANTON a child as I have this one, feeling all the time.