"Nothing that has ever emanated from the brain of man is too sacred to be revised and corrected."
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a fearless revolutionary who spent her entire life campaigning for the rights of women. Though she mostly stayed at home while raising her seven children, she wrote most of the speeches her longtime friend and campaign partner, Susan B. Anthony, read at conventions and on the road. Unlike Anthony, Stanton's attentions were never focused solely on suffrage. She championed many other causes with equal fervor, including coeducation, temperance, abolitionism, birth control, and separation of church and state. Her bold and controversial statements were often a source of consternation for her allies, including Anthony.
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Because of her international fame, Stanton was often sought for her opinion on various matters. In one interview, she stated that she "would like to see Spain and Turkey swept from the face of the earth." She also evidently held no sympathy for the plight of Native Americans, saying, "What would this continent have been if we had left it to the Indians?" (probably completely amazing!)
Bibliography: Ward, Geoffrey C and Ken Burns. Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1999. Print.
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