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Anna Elizabeth Klumpke, 1856 - 1942  Search this
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 12 Nov 1815 - 26 Oct 1902  Search this
Oil on canvas
Stretcher: 101 x 81.9 x 2.5cm (39 3/4 x 32 1/4 x 1")
Frame: 116.8 x 97.8 x 7cm (46 x 38 1/2 x 2 3/4")
Exhibition Label:
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a feminist from the start, refusing to include "obey" in her marriage vows to her husband; and when she spoke of God, she used the female pronoun. Stanton helped organize the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848, which was the founding moment of the American women's rights movement, and she was the longtime president of the National Woman Suffrage Association. Although Stanton's goal was to give women political power through the ballot, she also spearheaded other feminist goals, such as liberalizing divorce laws and reforming child-rearing methods. But unlike other early feminists, she always insisted on the primacy of women's right to vote over other reform objectives, including abolition. She wrote, "Our 'pathway' is straight to the ballot box with no variableness nor shadow of turning."
National American Woman Suffrage Association; gift 1924 to Smithsonian; transferred 1971 to NPG.
Printed Material\Book  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Pin  Search this
Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Female  Search this
Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Literature\Writer\Magazine article  Search this
Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Abolitionist  Search this
Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Suffragist  Search this
Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Temperance  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; transfer from the National Museum of American History; gift of the National American Woman Suffrage Association through Mrs. Harriet Stanton Blatch, 1924
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On View:
NPG, East Gallery 122
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery