Can someone tell me about the Women’s Rights Movement and Elizabeth Cady Stanton?

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a leading figure in the American women's rights movement of the 19th and early 20th centuries. From an early age, Stanton rebelled against the restrictions imposed upon women and girls at that time. Possessed with great intelligence and intellectual curiosity, she was determined to excel in...

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a leading figure in the American women's rights movement of the 19th and early 20th centuries. From an early age, Stanton rebelled against the restrictions imposed upon women and girls at that time. Possessed with great intelligence and intellectual curiosity, she was determined to excel in spheres of life reserved exclusively for men.

Upon graduating from an all-female seminary, Stanton immersed herself in political activism. As well as becoming a feminist, she dedicated herself to the abolitionist cause, which became her main focus during the Civil War. But it was the cause of women's rights for which Elizabeth Cady Stanton is best remembered. She was a leading figure in the famous Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, which drew up the radical "Declaration of Sentiments" demanding civil, social, and political equality for women.

After the Civil War, Stanton joined with Susan B. Anthony to found the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA). Stanton became the first president of the NWSA, a position she was to hold for the next twenty-one years. Despite her advancing years, Stanton remained a tireless, indefatigable champion of women's rights. Over time, she became a figure of considerable controversy, not just among opponents of women's rights, but also among its supporters. Her withering criticism of religion for the role it had long played in the oppression of women sparked widespread outrage, earning her condemnation from certain quarters within the women's rights movement.

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This is a pretty broad question, but I think that the best brief answer is that Elizabeth Cady Stanton was one of the major figures who started the movement for women's rights in the 1840s.

Like many of the people who were to get involved in the movement for women's rights, Stanton had been an abolitionist.  However, she came to believe that there was a need to fight for the rights of women, not just those of slaves.

As a way to get this movement started, Stanton composed a Declaration of Sentiments.  She presented this declaration at the famous meeting at Seneca Falls, in New York State, in 1848.  This meeting is seen as the start of the women's rights movement.  For this reason, Stanton is seen as one of the earliest leaders of the movement.

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