Profile of the Day: Elizabeth Cady Stanton
On this day in 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing women the right to vote. The long struggle for women’s equal right to vote began with the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848. Organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lurcretia Mott, the event was the first women’s rights convention of its kind to be held in the U.S.
Stanton is credited as one of the founders of the American suffrage movement. It was at Seneca Falls that she first met Susan B. Anthony. Their partnership would become pivotal for the women’s suffrage movement. Together, Stanton and Anthony drafted the Nineteenth Amendment and introduced it to Congress in 1878. It took forty-one years before Congress submitted the amendment to the states for ratification.
Although, Stanton’s controversial views about religion would alienate her from the more religiously traditional suffragists later in life, there’s no denying the crucial role her efforts played to the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment.
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