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Without the inimitable Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the voice of 19th-century feminists would have been much less forceful. Essayist and memoirist. Elizabeth Cady Stanton argued for the rights of women based on the solitude and uniqueness of every person. Image 1 of Solitude of self No 11 ELIZABETH CADY STANTON Born November 12, in Johnstown Died October 26, in New York City.

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Books of the Week. We come into the world alone, unlike all who have gone before us, we leave it alone, under circumstances peculiar to ourselves.

To appreciate the importance of fitting every human soul for independent action, think for a moment of the immeasurable solitude of self. But to manage a household, have a desirable influence in society, keep her friends and the affections of her husband, train her children and eilzabeth well, she must have rare common sense, wisdom, diplomacy, and a knowledge of human nature.

These perspectives are based on the common existence of all human beings. With gorgeous and direct language, elizabeyh presents a compassionate appeal for human equality and dignity, and she addresses the place of solitude in the lives of women and men. By denying them the tools and resources they need to master their lives, women are unable to earn their place in the world through “personal merit” instead of inheritance, wealth, marriage or position.

Books by Elizabeth Cady Stanton. No mortal ever has been, no mortal ever will be like the soul just launched on the sea of life. Return to Book Page.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton was an American social activist and leading figure of the early woman’s movement. But when all artificial trammels are removed, and women are recognized as individuals, responsible for their own environments, thoroughly educated for all positions in life they may be called to fill; with all the resources in themselves that liberal thought and broad culture can give; guided by their own conscience and judgment, trained to self-protection, by a healthy development of the muscular system, and skill in the use of weapons and defence; and stimulated to self-support by a knowledge of the business world and the pleasure that pecuniary independence must ever give; when women are trained in this way, they will in a measure be fitted for those hours of solitude that come alike to all, whether prepared or otherwise.

A wonderful speech that was eloquently written, and can apply to modern day, simply by changing some pronouns. Such is individual life. Robbed of her natural rights, handicapped by law and custom at every turn, yet compelled to fight her own battles, and in the emergencies of life to fall back on herself for protection. No matter how much women prefer to lean, to be protected and supported, nor how much men desire to have them do so, they must make the voyage of life alone, and for safety in an emergency, they must know something of the laws of navigation.

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Her Declaration of Sentiments, presented at the first women’s rights convention held in in Seneca Falls, New York, is often credited with initiating the first organized woman’s rights and woman’s suffrage movements in the United States. The talk of sheltering woman from the fierce storms of life is the sheerest mockery, for they beat on her from every point of the compass, just as they do on man, and with more fatal results, for he has been trained to protect himself, to resist, and to conquer.

Mar 13, Patti Hoffmann rated it it was amazing. The Solitude of Self: Gornick explicates Stanton that “[p]olitics is meant to mitigate the misery to which the human condition consigns us, not add to it. Inasmuch, then, as woman shares equally the joys and sorrows of time and eternity, is it not the height of presumption in man to propose to represent her at the ballot box and the throne of grace, to do her voting in the state, her praying in the church, and to assume the position of satnton priest at the family altar?

The poetry and novels of the century are theirs, and they have touched the keynote of reform, in religion, politics and social life. In ignorance, poverty and vice, as a pauper or criminal, alone we starve or steal; alone we suffer the sneers and rebuffs of our fellows; alone we are hunted and hounded through dark courts and alleys, in by-ways and high-ways; alone we stand in the judgment seat; alone in the prison cell we lament our crimes and misfortunes; alone we expiate them on the gallows.

But this was theory and not practice. Because some men fill these departments of usefulness, shall we regulate the curriculum in Harvard and Yale to their present necessities? To see what zelf friends thought of this book, please sign up.

He responded that he recalled all that he had read or learned and recreated this world of resources in his mind and heart, “a world no Russian jailer or czar could invade. The santon of these theories is that they arise after the era of anchoresses and hermits is gone.

“The Solitude of Self”: Stanton Appeals for Women’s Rights

In the wild chase for the ellzabeth of life, they are ground to powder. A theory of potential equivalency did not become practical in the Anglo-American world despite the occasional forays of essayists like John Stuart Mill or Mary Wollencraft.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. For those opposed to the “glass ceilings” covering our culture, Solitude of Self will be a perfect gift of inspiration and comfort.

The essay itself is available at http: To refuse political equality is to rob the ostracized of all self-respect; of credit in the market place; of recompense in the world of work, of a voice elizabefh choosing those who make and administer the law, a choice in the jury before whom they are tried, and in the judge who decides their punishment. The lives of ancient and medieval female solitaries in the West existed within a specific historical and social setting.

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Fourthly, it is only the incidental relations cadh life, such as mother, wife, sister, daughter, which may involve some special duties and delf. As wives, mothers, housekeepers, cooks, they need a different curriculum from boys who are to fill all positions. Her writing is amazing. Alone she goes to the gates of death to give life to every man that is born into the world.

Diane Lanquetot rated it it was amazing Nov 27, Open Preview See a Problem? The Best Books of Seeing then that life must ever be a march and a battle, that each soldier must be equipped for his own protection, it is the height of cruelty to rob the individual aelf a single natural right.

Even our friendship and love we never fully share with another; there is something of every passion, in every situation, solotude conceal.

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Swlf chief reason for opening to every soul the doors to the whole round of human duties and pleasures is the individual development thus attained, the resources thus provided under all circumstances to mitigate the solitude that at times must come to everyone. The chief reason for opening to every soul the doors to the whole round of human duties and pleasures is the individual development thus attained, the resources thus provided under all circumstances to mitigate the solitude that at times must come to everyone.

Nothing strengthens the judgment and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility. The strongest reason for giving delf all the opportunities — for higher education, for the full development of her faculties, forces of mind and body; for giving her the most enlarged freedom of thought and action; a complete emancipation from all forms of bondage, of custom, dependence, superstition; from all the crippling influences of fear — is the solitude and personal responsibility of her own individual life.

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What would Elizabeth Cady Stanton think of our progress toward equality for women if she were alive today? Jul 01, Tamara rated it it was amazing Shelves: Seeing, then, that life must ever be a march and a battle that each soldier must be equipped for his own protection, it is the height of cruelty to rob the individual of a single natural right.

The struggle for woman suffrage lasted stantoj a century. Unlike many of those involved in the women’s rights movement, Stanton addressed a number of issues pertaining to women beyond voting rights.

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