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Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Elizabeth Cady Stanton was an abolitionist at first, but soon became involved in the women's rights movement. This all came about when she went to London with her husband for an antislavery convention and met Lucretia Mott. Lucretia Mott invited her to a meeting that she was having with a couple other women and Elizabeth joined. At this meeting she spilled the beans about her thoughts and the other women were shocked about how strong her feelings were toward this issue. They were all confident about changing the laws and such that they wanted to hold a convention. The convention was to be in Seneca Falls, New York, and at this convention the Declaration of Sentiments was to be presented. The Declaration of Sentiments was a document or resolutions that these women (Jane Hunt, Mary Ann McClintock, Martha C. Wright, Lucretia Mott, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton) at the meeting had put together. If the people at the convention signed it then they were hoping to make it become part of the Constitution. Elizabeth wrote all the resolutions on the Declaration of Sentiments, everyone agreed on all but one because all the other women didn’t know about the 9th resolution: women’s suffrage. She was afraid that the others wouldn’t support this resolution so she just didn’t tell them about it. When the convention came, Elizabeth read the resolutions aloud and everyone agreed with them besides the 9th one. About half were against putting that on it because they were afraid that it would ruin their chances of getting any of the others passed. That was overruled when they realized that a little more than half were for it. After this convention, Susan B. Anthony got together with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and they formed the NWSA. There was another group called the AWSA and these two groups formed together to make the NAWSA, which Stanton was the president of until 1890. Elizabeth Cady Stanton accomplished more in her lifetime than any five people will accomplish put together. We should all learn from her and all follow our goals like she did, she's was a marvelous person.

By Samantha Fochler

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