A chronology of key events in the life of Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902), reformer, suffragist, and feminist.
1815, Nov. 12
Born, Johnstown, N.Y.
Graduated, Emma Willard's Seminary, Troy, N.Y.
Married Henry B. Stanton (1808-1887)
Attended World Anti-Slavery Convention, London, England
Moved from Boston, Mass., to Seneca Falls, N.Y.
Organized the first woman's rights convention at Seneca Falls, N.Y.
Coauthored the Declaration of Sentiments, modeled on the Declaration of Independence, which included the demand for voting rights for women
Met Susan B. Anthony; enlisted her in woman's rights cause
With Susan B. Anthony and others founded the Women's New York State Temperance Society
With Susan B. Anthony and others founded the Women's Loyal National League to agitate for the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution ending slavery
Petitioned Congress for universal suffrage
First female candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives
Joint editor with Parker Pillsbury of the weekly Revolution
Cofounder, with Susan B. Anthony, and first president of the National Woman Suffrage Association to agitate for a 16th Amendment that would outlaw disfranchisement on account of sex; provided leadership of NWSA (usually as president) until its merger in 1890 with the American Woman Suffrage Association
15th Amendment outlawing disfranchisement "on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude" was ratified
Supreme Court decided in Minor v. Happersett that female citizens were not legally entitled to vote
Senator Aaron A. Sargent (R-CA) introduced in Congress the 16th Amendment extending to women the right to vote; became known as the Anthony Amendment, and later the 19th Amendment
Published with Susan B. Anthony and Matilda Joslyn Gage, History of Woman Suffrage (New York: Fowler & Wells. 3 vols.)
16th Amendment (Anthony Amendment) defeated in U.S. Senate
Helped organize the first International Council of Women, Washington, D.C.
Elected president, National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA)
Published The Woman's Bible (New York: European Publishing Co. 2 vols.)
Fearing a backlash and loss of support for the suffrage cause, NAWSA disassociated itself from Stanton’s condemnation of canon law and her view that churches restricted women’s freedom and retarded their progress
Published Eighty Years and More: Reminiscences of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1815-1897 (New York: European Publishing Co. 474 pp.)
1902, Oct. 26
Died, New York, N.Y.