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Eighty Years and More

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Book Overview: 

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

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.

More than once, Elizabeth's papa said "if only you were a boy", memorably after the death of her only brother at a young age. She takes up riding & reading with her papa's law interns to show him she can do what any boy can do, but papa doesn't notice. She is shocked to learn that the law does not p

I waffled between 3 and 4 stars. The first part of this was really interesting. I highlighted several things I can point out to my students. The last half was not nearly as enjoyable. I realize she was putting in what she found most important about her life. However, reading all about her travels go

Our son and I read this for school. He liked it very much and would recommend it. Interesting life.


A must read for everyone! A brilliant autobiography written by a brilliant and inspiring woman! Thank you Elizabeth for all your hard work! In 2018 we still have so far to go but the suffragettes led the way!!

A woman who worked her entire life to the benefit of all womem

What a compelling. Exciting story of the life of Elizabeth Cady Stanton by the woman herself. This brings her thoughts and reasoning to light. Her beloved husband had to be a saint to encourage her tireless work.

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 ma

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 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 striving for equality for all.

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

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