The “Radical Conscience” of Nineteenth-Century Feminism
This chapter introduces Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the principal feminist thinker and women’s rights leader of the nineteenth century. It summarizes Stanton’s background, her work for suffrage with Susan B. Anthony, and modern backlash against her opposition to the Fifteenth Amendment. The chapter discusses Stanton’s complex philosophy of multiple feminisms, including liberal, cultural, and radical thought. It then focuses on Stanton’s work for family equality, integrating her feminist thought into a legal history of the family.
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