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Elizabeth Cady Stanton : the right is ours
Sigerman, Harriet.
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New York : Oxford University Press, [2001]

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143 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
A biography of one of the first leaders of the women's rights movement, whose work led to women's right to vote.
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Brilliant, stubborn, and astonishingly far-sighted, Elizabeth Cady Stanton was the chief architect of the American women's movement. Here, Harriet Sigerman presents a fascinating profile of the woman who courageously campaigned for women's absolute right to social and political equality in the1800s. Her stands on issues such as birth control, divorce reform, greater employment opportunities, and equal wages were revolutionary and controversial then and are still debated in the political arena today. Along with her tireless crusade for equal rights, Elizabeth Cady Stanton also raisedseven children, authored a history of the women's rights movement, a feminist critique of the Bible, and her autobiography. Featuring never-before-seen photos and illustrations, Elizabeth Cady Stanton brings to life one of history's liveliest and most fascinating women's rights leaders.

Author Notes

Harriet Sigerman is a historian and freelance writer who has been a research assistant to Henry Steele Commager at Amherst College and for the Stanton-Anthony Papers at the University of Massachusetts. She lives in New Jersey.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 6-10. Sigerman, who has written insightfully about women in such books as Women in the American West (1998), now turns her attention to a pioneer of the women's rights movement in this volume in the Oxford Portraits series. Using primary sources (but providing no notes), she looks at the life of Stanton, who came out for birth control, voting rights, and changes in the divorce laws before any of these ideas were popular or, for that matter, even feasible. Sigerman follows Stanton from childhood, when she was first awakened to injustice, through adult life, during which she found a like-minded reformer to marry (and bore him seven children) and made a career as a crusader whose causes also included child labor and abolition. At first glance, the book's format seems a little gray; the typeface is small; and the black-and-white pictures seem a shade overexposed. Readers who look more closely, however, will find a wealth of interesting documents, including original newspaper articles, cartoons, lithographs, and photos. Researchers needing more will be helped by the extensive bibliography and list of museums and historic sites. --Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-This inspiring biography of one of the most influential feminist reformers in 19th-century America is both interestingly written and easy to follow. Sigerman chronicles Stanton's life through careful scholarship, offering quotes from her personal memoirs, letters, and autobiography while highlighting the social influences of her struggle to win the vote for women. A good portion of the book details Stanton's friendship and teamwork with fellow suffragist Susan B. Anthony. Black-and-white photographs and original documents add greatly to the appeal of this resource. A good purchase for both school and public libraries.-Trisha Stevenson Medeiros, Purnell School, Pottersville, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.