The world is full of incredible and amazing women! Some are well-known for doing great things, achieving accomplishments, and overcoming some fierce obstacles while many are recognized as the “first woman ever” to be recognized, accepted, acknowledged, and be considered an equal in what was seemingly a “man’s world”.
James Brown said it best when he sang,
“This is a man’s world
but it would be nothing
Nothing without a woman”
I want to make sure that the women who are more recognized are remembered for their role in making great changes for a brighter world. I also want to bring attention to the ladies out there who haven’t even realized what shining light they are to the ones close to them; family and friends. We should always fix one another’s crowns, sometimes they need a little readjustment.
Every week you can find another mother, sister, auntie, grandmother, or wife! Do you know someone who is incredible and deserves to be crowned? Maybe we can feature them as a “Woman of The Week”. Reach out to ‘Things Women Want’ with some information and details and we’ll be in touch!
Queen of The Week
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born November 12th, 1815 gracing this world with her presence for 86 years before she left it in October 1902. She was 18 years shy of finally seeing women gaining their right to vote.
Mrs. Stanton was an author, lecturer, and a chief philosopher of the women’s rights and suffrage movements. She was present when it all began as an opinion, a mere idea. Her formulated agenda for ‘women’s rights, guided the struggle of this fight into the 20th century.
Elizabeth’s father was a noted lawyer, as well as a state assemblyman giving her access to informal legal education. She would always talk to him and listened in on conversations he had with colleagues and the company.
Author, lecturer, and chief philosopher of the woman’s rights and suffrage movements, Elizabeth Cady Stanton formulated the agenda for women’s rights that guided the struggle well into the 20th century.
This queen was well-educated and sensible! She married Henry Stanton, an abolitionist lecturer, in 1840 and it was then that Elizabeth Cady Stanton became active in the anti-slavery movement; working with some leading abolitionists during that time including the ‘Grimke Sisters’ and William Lloyd Garisson.
A well-educated woman, Stanton married abolitionist lecturer Henry Stanton in 1840. She, too, became active in the anti-slavery movement and worked alongside leading abolitionists of the day including Sarah and Angelina Grimke and William Lloyd Garrison, all guests at the Stanton home while they lived in Albany, New York and later Boston.
She spent some time during her honeymoon in London at a World’s Anti-Slavery Convention. During this time Mrs. Stanton met abolitionist Lucretia Mott. Another strong woman angered with the exclusion of women in attendance. The two women became friends quickly and promised to call a women’s rights convention of their own when they were both back home.
It took 8 years before the convention was held but the promise was kept. In 1848 Mott and Stanton became the authors of “The Declaration of Sentiments” expanding from the Declaration of Independence by adding the words woman and women throughout. This convention was known as the “Seneca Falls Convention” after its location in Seneca Falls, New York.
The declaration called for legal and social changes that would elevate women’s place in society listing 18 grievances regarding the inability to control their wages and property, as well as the difficulty in gaining custody in divorce because a woman couldn’t vote. If a female cast a voting ballot she was arrested and charged. It was also in the year 1848 that Elizabeth Stanton passed around petitions throughout the state of New York urging the New York Congress to pass the New York Married Women’s Property Act.
During the years that followed, all the way up to hear death, Elizabeth Cady Stanton worked toward making some huge changes regarding women’s rights. She met and befriended many other amazing people all along the way including Susan B. Anthony.
Those two queens collaborated on articles, books, and speeches. Together they dominated the women’s movement for more than half a century. They were so close that Elizabeth couldn’t be present to make a speech due to raising seven little ones, Susan B. would deliver them for her. They demanded property rights and the end to slavery
The Stanton family moved to Brooklyn, New York in 1862. Here she became involved in the Civil Rights efforts, joining with Susan B. Anthony in advocating the 13th Amendment. Later they went on to oppose the 14th and 15th Amendments which led to black men receiving voting rights. They just never stopped fighting for the rights we have today, they never stopped fighting for women to be equal!
Finally, by the 1880s, Elizabeth Stanton became more focused on writing than traveling and speaking. She was 65 years old. She authored three volumes of the History of Woman Suffrage (1881 – 1885) along with Susan B. Anthony and Matilda Joslyn Gage.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton – you’ve been crowned!
Mrs. Stanton is just one of many queens that began paving the way for women’s equality. During an era when women could not vote, own property in their name, keep their wages they made, and make certain decisions without the permission of a man; brave and courageous women stepped up and said something. After saying something they took action and did something. Let’s also take a moment to remember that even way back then, men were a part of the women’s rights movements as there is today. Just look at Henry Stanton and William Lloyd Garrison. They were for equal rights for all people regardless of sex or race.
Who is a queen that you want to see crowned? It could be a family member, friend, or someone well-known. It can even be someone you don’t know, but you see them rising through the struggle full of success and a sense of accomplishment. The mother who works two jobs and still makes time for her family as best she can, the auntie who is always trying to guide the youth correctly, and the lady sitting quietly, to herself just passing by; that’s right — fix her crown.