Stanton, Elizabeth Cady
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11/12/1815  - 10/26/1902
Elizabeth played a vital role in the promotion of women’s rights in the mid-19th century. In the 1840s, she campaigned for the Married Women’s Property Act in New York. Later in 1848, she convened the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York. Here, she drafted her “Declaration of Sentiments,” advocating women’s suffrage. Along with her friend, Susan B. Anthony, she became a prominent leader of the women’s suffrage movement.

However, the publication of The Woman’s Bible in 1895 led many in the movement to disaffiliate with her. This controversial biblical commentary, which she co-authored with a committee of female scholars, criticized biblical passages that denigrated women and upheld passages that promoted them. This work was influential in the development of feminist theology.

Although once associated with the revivalism of Charles Finney, she ended her life skeptical of the Bible’s divine truth because of its portrayal of women.
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Elizabeth Cady Stanton portrait- Wikimedia Commons

Elizabeth Cady Stanton with her daughter Harriot- Library of Congress- LC-USZ62-48965

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B Anthony- Wikimedia Commons

Elizabeth Cady Stanton portrait- Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-28195
Book/Journal Source(s)
Queen, Edward, Stephen Prothero and Gardiner Shattuck, 1996. The Encyclopedia of American Religious History. New York: Facts on File.
Reid, Daniel, Robert Linder, Bruce Shelley, and Harry Stout, 1990. Dictionary of Christianity in America. Downers Grove, IL.
Lippy, Charles, and Peter Williams, 2010. Encyclopedia of Religion in America. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press.
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Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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