Today in History: Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Progress is the victory of a new thought over old superstitions
Today in History–November 12–the Library of Congress features women’s rights leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton, born on this date in 1815. The daughter of a judge, Stanton was devoted to her studies but her higher education aspirations were thwarted because of her gender. This experience helped inform her philosophy on individual rights. She later became a leader, together with Susan B. Anthony, of the woman suffrage movement and served as president of the National Woman Suffrage Association and its successor the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). Learn more about this brilliant speaker and writer by visiting the Today in History section and reviewing the resources linked to below.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton stories from America’s Library

Elizabeth Cady Stanton Papers correspondence, speeches, articles, drafts of books, scrapbooks, other printed matter

Elizabeth Cady Stanton image set

Elizabeth Cady Stanton documents

Elizabeth Cady Stanton New York historical newspaper coverage

More Elizabeth Cady Stanton historical newspaper coverage

Draft of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s The Woman’s Bible, ca. 1895

Magazine articles by Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Primary Source Spotlight: Woman Suffrage

Primary Source Learning: Women’s Road to the Vote