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Denitsa Raichkova Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) was an American reformer, abolitionist, and leading activist of the early women’s rights movement in the 19 th century. Stanton came from an upper- middle-class family and witnessed the ongoing discrimination against women firsthand from her father who favored a male heir over her, even though she was literate and intelligent. Having a personal reason, the young woman excelled in the intellectual spheres, considered traditionally male, and engaged herself in social activities and reforms ( ). Stanton was well-educated and aimed to increase the role of the woman in society. Elizabeth Stanton influenced the American society by fighting for rights for women as American citizens, being the voice of millions of women through her literary works and calling for the abolishment of slavery. To begin with, Elizabeth Stanton influenced the historical development of the American society in the 19 th century by engaging in the early fight for women’s rights. Stanton was a housewife and a mother; however, she desired more engagement in society ( ). Subsequently, she believed that all women must be given an active role as they represented half of the population, which would also make the society more democratic. Motherhood and public activism did not have to be mutually exclusive. In addition, Stanton came from a wealthy background; however, she was extremely sympathetic towards American women who were not as fortunate ( ). Her feminist activism began with her assisting women suffering from domestic abuse. These instances gave her insight into the lives of poorer females and the lack of national or state laws to protect them from unjust treatment. Stanton’s resentment towards the discrimination based on gender was fueled by both her experiences and those of women around her. The next step towards her goal
was the organization of the first of its kind “Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention” of 1848. The convention was significant in terms of shaping the early movement as over two hundred people attended the meeting and an important feminist document was created ( ). During the Seneca Falls Convention, Stanton debuted the “Declaration of Sentiments”, authored by her and modeled after the “Declaration of Independence”, that proposed a few tremendously important rights that would make women

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