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Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Women’s Rights Pioneer

Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Women’s Rights Pioneer

Connie Colwell Miller
Illustrator:  Cynthia Martin , Keith Tucker 
Nonfiction Graphic Novel  Series
For ages 8 to 10
Capstone Press, 2005   ISBN: 978-0736849715

When she was only eleven years old Elizabeth Cady asked her father why it was that women were not allowed to vote. She felt that it was not fair that men alone could create the laws that affected all Americans. Later, as a young woman and after she had graduated from college, Elizabeth heard much talk about how wrong slavery was and how unjust it was that slaves had no rights. Elizabeth wondered that such people could talk about the slaves and yet not see that women too also lived without rights.

Elizabeth then met and married the abolitionist lawyer, Henry Stanton and she went with him to the World Anti-Slavery Convention in London. Once again Elizabeth was upset because all the men who spoke of the slavery issue refused to accept that women had no more rights than slaves did. So, back in America Elizabeth joined other women to talk about what could be done to make sure that women got more rights. The women determined that the time had come to bring about change and make some new rules and they set to arranging the first women’s rights convention which took place in Seneca Falls, New York.

This was just the beginning of a long battle which Elizabeth fought for the rest of her life. Unfortunately she did not live to see American women get the vote but her daughter and granddaughter did, and both were present when women were able to vote for the first time in 1920.

This is an excellent introduction to the life and career of one of America’s most well known women’s rights workers. With a graphic rich format and an interesting narrative, this book will help girls realize that many women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton had to work for many years before rights that we take for granted today were given to us.