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What did Elizabeth Cady Stanton accomplish?

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s accomplishments include helping to establish the first women’s rights organizations, campaigning for women’s suffrage and other social reforms, and writing several influential essays, including the "Declaration of Sentiments," which laid out her argument for affording women equal rights. She also campaigned for abolishing slavery and granting equal rights for blacks and was active in the temperance movement.

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Stanton was an author, activist, leader and early organizer of women’s rights movements. She fought for women’s equality and for causes such as the right of women to sit on juries, to refuse sex with their husbands, and to receive equitable treatment under divorce laws. Through her associations with Lucretia Mott and Susan B. Anthony, she helped bring social reform that greatly improved the conditions for women in the 20th century.

Stanton helped organize the first women’s rights conventions. She also published several essays which laid out her beliefs. Along with Mott and Anthony, she helped establish organizations that fought for the 13th and 14th amendments, which abolished slavery and granted blacks full citizenship. Stanton also traveled and lectured in support of other topics affecting women such as their role on the farm and in education.

She spent the majority of her adult life campaigning for these causes. Although she did not achieve all of her goals during her lifetime, she helped bring awareness to a variety of issues and made them topics of debate.

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