Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Women's Rights
Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton met in March 1851, the two women not only developed a deep friendship but also helped each other prepare to change women's rights forever. Together they formed one of the most productive working partnerships in U.S. history. As uncompromising women's rights leaders, they revolutionized the political and social condition for women in American society. Stanton was the leading voice and philosopher of the women's rights and suffrage movements while Anthony was the inspiration who was able to gain control of the legions of women. Through there struggles Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were able to win many rights for American women. 1
Born on November 12, 1815, in Johnstown, New York, Elizabeth Cady grew up around wealth and privilege, the daughter of Daniel Cady, a well-known judge, and Margaret Livingston. In 1826, the death of her brother Eleazar motivated her to excel in every area her brother had in an attempt to compensate her father for his loss. After her graduation in 1833, she became interested in the world of reform at the home of her cousin Gerrit Smith. There she fell in love with the abolitionist Henry Brewster Stanton.2
After the Stanton's moved from Boston to the village of Seneca Falls, New York, in 1847, Elizabeth found herself in a very non-active community. This is where she began to form ideas on how to improve women's roles in society. Along with Lucretia Mott, of Philadelphia, and three other women, Elizabeth formed the first women's rights convention in Seneca Falls in July 1848. At this gathering, she presented their Declaration of Rights and Sentiments, a document she had written herself. The Declaration and its 11 resolutions demanded social and political equality for all women, including its most controversial claim, the right to vote.3
Susan B. Anthony was the second of eight children, she was born on February 15, 1820, in Adams, Massachusetts. Her father Daniel, was a respected Quaker, who owned a mill and factory. He was also a reformer, who made sure that his daughters as well as his sons had excellent educations. Susan grew up in a culture that permitted women to freely express themselves. Following her education, she worked as a teacher. In 1848, after ten years of teaching, Anthony began her reform career as a temperance activist. She joined the Daughters of Temperance in 1848, left teaching in 1849, and soon became a recognized temperance leader in New York. Through temperance, she was able to encourage women to seek legal solutions to protect their families from the poverty and violence caused by their husbands' alcohol abuse. 4
During the early 1850s, Anthony was very interested in the abolitionist and women's rights movements. Soon after her first meeting with Stanton...