What are some famous quotes by Elizabeth Cady Stanton?


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One famous quote by social activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton is "The history of mankind is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations on the part of man toward woman." Stanton delivered this line at the first women's rights convention organized by women in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York.

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At the same convention, Stanton rewrote a part of the Declaration of Independence with this famous quote: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal." She modeled the entirety of her Declaration of Sentiments, read at the convention, on the Declaration of Independence.

Stanton was a leading figure of the early women's rights movement and a famous American suffragist, although she addressed various issues pertaining to women beyond voting rights. Working closely with Susan B. Anthony, Stanton founded the Woman's State Temperance Society in 1852, arguing that drunkenness is a sufficient legal argument for divorce. Stanton also fought for women's parental and custody rights, property rights, employment and income rights.

In "History of Woman Suffrage: 1861-1876," Stanton famously wrote that "The history of the past is but one long struggle upward to equality." Scholars consider the more than 5,000-page document as Stanton's masterpiece, a major historical work chronicling the history of the early suffrage movement.

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