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Eighty Years and More

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton was one of the premier movers in the original women’s rights movement, along with Susan B. Anthony, her best friend for over 50 years. While Elizabeth initially stayed home with her husband and many babies and wrote the speeches, Susan went on the road to bring the message of the women’s rights movement to an often hostile public. When black men were given the vote in 1870, Susan and Elizabeth led the women’s rights establishment of the time to withhold support for a bill that would extend to black men the rights still denied for women of all colors. The two women worked for over 50 years on the women’s rights cause, yet neither lived to see women get the right to vote when it finally came in 1920.
Elizabeth begins her memoirs with this quotation, “Social science affirms that woman’s place in society marks the level of civilization.” She dedicates this book to “SUSAN B. ANTHONY, MY STEADFAST FRIEND FOR HALF A CENTURY”.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Louis Philippe dashing by in an open barouche. We felt great satisfaction in remembering that at one time he was an exile in our country, where he earned his living by teaching school. What an honor for Yankee children to have been taught, by a French king, the rudiments of his language.

Having been accustomed to the Puritan Sunday of restraint and solemnity, I found that day in Paris gay and charming. The first time I entered into some of the festivities, I really expected to be struck by lightning. The libraries, art galleries, concert halls, and theaters were all open to the people. Bands of music were playing in the parks, where whole families, with their luncheons, spent the day—husbands, wives, and children, on an excursion together. The boats on the Seine and all public conveyances were crowded. Those who had but this one day for pleasure seemed determined to make the most of it. A wonderful contrast with that gloomy day in London, where all plac. . . Read More

Community Reviews

My grandmother was born in January of 1920 to a mother who could not vote in most of the United States. By the time she was one, her mother could vote. This link to history in my own family is part of my fascination with women's suffrage.
I expected this book to be a bit dry, but historically imp...more

I loved this book. I wouldn't recommend it for everyone, but it is a great women's history book. I guess I'm still courting 19c women.

she helped teach me what a joy it is be a feminist and showed me how necessary it was for me to embrace that part of me.

Fascinating autobiographical memoir of Elizabeth Cady Stanton's life (1815-1897); growing up in New York, organizing the 1st Women's Rights Convention in 1848 (Seneca Falls) and travelling the world, speaking and writing about women's rights. She grew up in a family where she was encouraged to th...more

Very engaging autobiography of a pioneer of the women's suffrage movement. She truly was a woman ahead of her time, especially with regard to child-rearing. It's amazing that she lived such a long, fruitful life.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a powerful, resolute, confident woman, and it’s amazing what she got done. Hearing her voice, it becomes clear how much she believed in her own good sense, in every situation. Her own version of her story is not at all objective, and she leaves out anything that doesn’t...more

This book is amazing - completely inspiring. I wonder if these women will ever know how much difference they made. I adore Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

I thought this book might be a chore, but it was actually delightful. Elizabeth Cady Stanton is an excellent and empathetic writer. As expected, she chronicles her work in the women's rights and suffrage movements, but she also documents her travels through the American West and Europe and tells...more

I am only rating this book for the quality of it's readability. I fully support all that the author has done and give five stars to the contribution she has made to this country by ensuring equality for all.

As far as reading this book goes, I enjoyed the narrative of the author's life but that n...more

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