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I was once called the most dangerous woman in America becauseI dared to ask for the unthinkable- the right to vote I challenged my culturesbasic assumptions about men and women and dedicated my life to the pursuitof equal rights for all women My name is Elizabeth Cady Stanton I was born in Johnstown New York on the 12th of November1815 My father is the prominent attorney and judge Daniel Cady and my motheris Margaret Livingston Cady I was born the seventh child and middle daughterAlthough my mother gave birth to eleven children- five boys and six girls-six of her children died Only one of my brothers survived to adulthoodand he died unexpectedly when he was twenty At ten years old my childhoodwas shadowed by my fathers grief I can still recall going into the largedarkened parlor to see my brother and finding the casket and my father byhis side pale and immovable As he took notice of me I climbed upon hisknee He sighed and said Oh my daughter I wish you were a boy I threwmy arms around his neck and replied that I will try my hardest to be allmy brother was I was determined to be courageous to ride horses andplay chess and study such manly subjects as Latin Greek mathematics andphilosophy I devoured the books in my fathers extensive law library anddebated the fine points of the law with his clerks It was while readingmy fathers law books that I first discovered the cruelty of the laws regardingwomen and I resolved to get scissors and snip out every unfair law Butmy father stopped me explaining that only the legislature could change orremove them This was the key moment in my career as a womens rightsreformer As I grew older my intellectual interests and masculineactivities embarrassed my father He told me they were inappropriate in ayoung lady especially the daughter of a prominent man I was educated atthe Johnstown Academy until
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