Wagner in performance as Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Witty, brilliant and iconoclastic, Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) was, during her lifetime, one of the preeminent women in America. An organizer of the world’s first Women’s Rights convention in 1848, Stanton became a Lyceum lecturer and widely-read author who espoused every radical reform of her day—from racial and economic justice, cooperative housekeeping and a woman’s right to her own body, to children’s rights. “The few have no right to the luxuries of life while the many are denied the necessities” was her motto. Promising that “I shall not grow conservative with age,” Stanton challenged the enemies of freedom to the end of her life.