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Stanton, Elizabeth Cady

  • By: Veronica I. Arreola
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Elizabeth Cady was born November 12, 1815, into the first family of Johnstown, New York. Her father Daniel Cady was a self-made man who became one of the wealthiest landowners in the state. Daniel Cady also served as a U.S. Congressmen for one term and on the New York Supreme Court. This life of privilege allowed Elizabeth to be educated and attend school far past most young women did at that time.

Much of her desire to be an educated woman came from her father's desire for sons, and Elizabeth's wish to fulfill that desire for her beloved father. The death of her brother crystallized the differences between daughters and sons for Elizabeth. She was also a frequent guest in her father's law office and saw ...

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