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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The struggle for woman suffrage lasted almost a century. The point I wish plainly to bring before you on this occasion is the individuality of each human soul; our Protestant idea, the right of individual conscience and judgment; our republican idea, individual citizenship.

Stanton makes a strong point about equality between sexes, about the responsibilities of each individual towards himself and towards others.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. To throw obstacles in the way of a complete education is like putting out the eyes; to deny the rights of property is like cutting off the hands.

Women suffer the denial of this integrity in innumerable and subtle ways. Eljzabeth strongest reason why we ask for woman a voice in the government under solitud she lives; in the religion she is asked to believe; equality in social life, where she is the chief factor; a place in the trades and professions, where she may earn her bread, is because of her birthright to self-sovereignty; because, as an individual, she must rely on herself.

In ignorance, poverty and vice, as a pauper or criminal, alone we starve or steal; cary 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.

For those opposed to the “glass ceilings” covering our culture, Solitude ccady Self will be a perfect gift of inspiration and comfort. Nature never repeats herself, and the possibilities of one human soul will never be found in another. Correspondence, Writings, and Speeches New York, Physical security, limitations on education, the absence of social and political rights, and the mores of patriarchal society, limited the role of women.

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. Machinery has taken the labors of woman as well as man on its tireless shoulders; the loom and the spinning wheel are but dreams of the past; the pen, the brush, the easel, the chisel, have taken their places, while the hopes and ambitions of women are essentially changed.


However, her intriguing ideas leave the reader hoping for more thinking from her on the subject.

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. NAWSA campaigned diligently for the vote in a variety of ways but did not achieve success until the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U. Alike amid the greatest triumphs and darkest tragedies of life, we walk alone.

In the wild chase for the prizes of life, they are ground to powder. Underlying this plea is the recognition that each person merits the same preconditions regardless of where fate takes them. Stanton argues that women need the fullness of opportunity enjoyed by men because ultimately, “as an individual, she must rely on herself.

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, solituve resist, and to conquer. The Angel of Death even makes no royal pathway for her.

When death sunders our nearest ties, alone we sit in the shadow of our affliction. Here solitude is not a voluntarily chosen lifestyle but a psychological and physical condition of life, as is free will or responsibility.

Unlike many of those involved in the women’s rights movement, Stanton addressed a number of zelf pertaining to women beyond voting rights.

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It matters not whether the solitary voyager is man or woman; nature, having endowed them equally, leaves them to their own skill and judgment in the hour of danger, and, if not equal to the occasion, alike they perish. But this was theory and not practice. Return to Book Page. Women are already the equals of men in the whole realm of thought, in art, science, literature and government. To guide our own craft, we must be captain, pilot, engineer; with chart and compass to stand at the wheel; to watch the winds and waves, and know when to take in the sail, and to read the signs in the firmament over all.

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No trivia or quizzes yet. But Stanton magnanimously does not draw these conclusions, instead viewing both men and women as suffering the same inexorable fate. Gornick anchors these rich ruminations on Stanton’s final speech, vividly describing her subject, who, after some 40 years of striving for women’s equality, focused on the vote as the sranton right. Again, we ask selr individual development for the general good; for the consensus of the competent on the whole round of human interests, on all questions of national life; and here each man must bear his share of the general burden.


We provide alike for all their individual necessities; then each man bears his own burden. Trivia About Solitude of Self.

Inshe resigned at age But when all artificial trammels are removed, and women are recognized as individuals, responsible for their own environments, thoroughly educated for all positions in stamton they may be called to fill; with all the resources in themselves that liberal thought and broad culture can give; guided elizabth 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.

Michael Mccarthy rated it it was amazing Dec 12, 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.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton: “The Solitude of Self” () – House of Solitude – Hermitary

Her rights under such circumstances are to use all her faculties for her own safety and happiness. Tony rated it it was amazing Oct 16, Alone she goes to the gates of death to give life to every man that is born into the world. A tireless activist and impassioned speaker, Stanton passed away two decades before Congress finally gave women the vote in Thirdly, viewed as a woman, an equal factor in civilization, her rights and duties are still the same—individual happiness and development.

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.