Elizabeth Cady Stanton
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"Elizabeth Cady Stanton" was an American social activist, Abolitionism in the United States/abolitionist, and leading figure of the early women's rights movement. Her Declaration of Sentiments, presented at the Seneca Falls Convention held in 1848 in Seneca Falls (village), New York/Seneca Falls, New York, is often credited with initiating the first organized women's rights and women's suffrage movements in the United States.Though it is popularly known as the first-ever women's rights convention, the Seneca Falls Convention was preceded by the Anti-Slavery Convention of American Women in 1837 held in New York City, at which women's rights issues were debated, especially African-American women's rights. In June 1848, two male-organized conventions discussed the rights of women: The Conference of Badasht in Persia, at which Táhirih advocated women's rights and took off her veil; and the National Liberty Party (1840s)/Liberty Party Convention in New York at which presidential candidate Gerrit Smith established a party plank of women's suffrage.

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Self-development is a higher duty than self-sacrifice.

The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.

With age come the inner, the higher life. Who would be forever young, to dwell always in externals?

It would be ridiculous to talk of male and female atmospheres, male and female springs or rains, male and female sunshine....How much more ridiculous is it in relation to mind, to soul, to thought, where there is as undeniably no such thing as sex...

The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of women's emancipation.

Truth is the only safe ground to stand on.

Nothing strengthens the judgment and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility.

Come, come, my conservative friend, wipe the dew off your spectacles, and see that the world is moving.

Thus far, women have been the mere echoes of men. Our laws and constitutions, our creeds and codes, and the customs of social life are all of masculine origin. The true woman is as yet a dream of the future.

I am always busy, which is perhaps the chief reason why I am always well.

Woman's discontent increases in exact proportion to her development.