elizabeth cady stanton

Women that have made history (and their signs)

Aries: Billie Holiday (African American jazz musician)

Taurus: Sandra Day O’Connor (first woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court)

Gemini: Chien Shiung Wu (Chinese American nuclear physicist that contributed to the Manhattan Project and is often recognized as the First Lady of Physics)

Cancer: Frida Kahlo (Mexican painter known for her powerful self-portraits and artwork)

Leo: Amelia Earhart (first female pilot to fly across the Atlantic Ocean solo)

Virgo: Mother Teresa (20th Century symbol of humanitarianism known for her charity work and dedication to the Catholic Church)

Libra: Eleanor Roosevelt (changed the role of the First Lady as an activist, politician, and diplomat)

Scorpio: Elizabeth Cady Stanton (early leader of the women’s rights movement and writer of the Declaration of Sentiments)

Sagittarius: Emily Dickinson (revolutionized the world of poetry with her unique and unconventional writing style)

Capricorn: Zora Neale Hurston (African American novelist and anthropologist that gained notoriety during the Harlem Renaissance)

Aquarius: Corazon Aquino (first female president not only in the Philippines but in all of Asia as well)

Pisces: Kate Sheppard (appears on New Zealand’s 10 dollar note as a result of being the country’s most famous suffragette)

It is a lie that women have been able to vote since 1920. 

White women have been able to vote since 1920. All Native American women couldn’t vote until 1924. All Asian women couldn’t vote until 1952. All Black women couldn’t vote until 1964.  

In five years there is probably going to be some big centennial celebration of women’s suffrage. But that will be a whitewashing of history. It will be an event that erases the struggles of non-white women. It will be an event that will try to hide the fact that white feminists heros like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton actively argued against the rights of people of color in order to advance their own goals. 

“Woman’s degradation is in mans idea of his sexual rights. Our religion, laws, customs, are all founded on the belief that woman was made for man.” 

- Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American social activist, abolitionist, and leading figure of the early women’s rights movement 

I read all these scripts by male writers where the female characters worry about getting older. The funny thing is, most of the women I’ve encountered have been HAPPY to get older. They have more money. They have more knowledge. They know how to say no, fuck off and this is bullshit. They no longer have to deal with periods and can have sex without worrying about getting pregnant. They don’t have children to care for so they can do whatever the fuck they want.

In a society that only values women for their looks, I can see how male writers would think that getting older is the worst thing that can happen to a woman. A woman gets old and she is no longer fuckable. A woman gets old and men don’t want to ogle her anymore. (I type this as I’m being ogled at the intersection of Hollywood & Highland.)

However, when I think of older women, I think of Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Hillary Clinton, Sonia Sotomayor, Meryl Streep, Jessica Lange and Judy Dench. I think of my cousins and aunt who own their own homes. I think of my mother who handles our family investments, my grandfather’s girlfriend still working as a computer programmer, my Nana and the small business she owns and operates. I think of my boyfriend’s mother who was like, I’m going to France for 3 months, bye bitches.

Getting older isn’t the worst thing that can happen to a woman, it’s her best kept secret.

On January 29, 1866, Congressman Thaddeus Stevens, leader of the Radical Republicans in the House of Representatives, presented one of the first of several hundred petitions for universal suffrage on the floor of the House of Representatives. Signers of this petition included Elizabeth Cady Stanton; Susan B. Anthony; and members of the former Women’s Loyal National League, Ernestine Rose, Lucy Stone, and Antoinette Brown Blackwell. This exceptional combination of signatures represents some of the period’s foremost advocates for suffrage and abolition.

Petition of E. Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Others on Universal Suffrage, ca. 1865, HR39A-H1.9, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives (NAID 306684)

Meet the women on the new $10 bill

Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Alice Paul will be on the back of the bill, while Alexander Hamilton’s image will still appear on the front, the Treasury Department announced.

“I’m very excited by it, and I think it’s much bigger than just honoring one woman,” Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told NBC News. “This is about saying that our money is going to tell a much bigger part of our story.”

Read more here: http://on.msnbc.com/1XKmTUt

Happy 95th birthday to the 19th Amendment!

Here is Elizabeth Cady Stanton with her children at the Metropolitan Opera for her 80th birthday in 1895. The party was thrown by the National Women’s Council, an organization that represented diverse groups of women and their interests. As Stanton’s good friend Susan B. Anthony put it, “For all classes of women, liberal, orthodox, Jewish, Mormon, suffrage and anti-suffrage, native and foreign, black and white—to unite in paying tribute of respect to the greatest woman reformer, philosopher and statesman of the century will be the realization of Mrs. Stanton’s most optimistic dream.”

RBG, who also celebrated her 80th at the Met 118 years later, keeps this picture in her chambers.


Wonderful Books on Women I Read This Year (1/5)

  1. Feminism: The Essential Historical Writings by Miriam Schneir
     A great collection of early feminist writings. It’s the first of two books, this one starts with Abigail Adams and goes to about World War II. It’s amazing (and terrifying) to see how relevant most of the material still is. If you the quotes we post, a lot came from the writings in this book.
  2. The Woman’s Bible: A Classic Feminist Perspective by Elizabeth Cady Stanton
    Stanton wrecked havoc in the suffrage movement wit her analysis of how the Bible was used to put down women. Not very surprising, but a big deal for a woman to publish in 1895. The language is dated by the content is still good.
  3. The Grounding of Modern Feminism by Nancy F. CottMy thesis adviser recommended this as a good foundation on the early American women’s movements (particularly suffrage period) and I would agree.
  4. Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism: A Woman’s Crusade by Donald T. Critchlow
    Recognize the name? Michele Bachmann recently released a video toting Phyllis Schlafly as her heroine and credited her with ending the Cold War. Schlafly intrigues me because she pushes “traditional  family values” despite the fact that she herself doesn’t really follow them. Whether or not you agree with her politics, she is an amazingly hardworking and interesting woman. This is the closest thing there is to an impartial bio on her. It focuses just as much on the politics of the day as on her but the only other work on her is authorized and biased. 
The Bible teaches that woman brought sin and death into the world, that she precipitated the fall of the race, that she was arraigned before the judgment seat of Heaven, tried, condemned and sentenced. Marriage was for her to be a condition of bondage, maternity a period of suffering and anguish, and in silence and subjection, she was to play the role of a dependent on man’s bounty for all her material wants, and for all the information she might desire on the vital questions of the hour, she was commanded to ask her husband at home. Here is the Bible position of woman briefly summed up.
—  Elizabeth Cady Stanton, The Woman’s Bible, Introduction, p. 11