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Elizabeth Cady Stanton
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The Solitude of Self

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton's "The Solitude of Self" is a philosophical statement of the principles underlying the nineteenth century struggle for woman's rights in the United States. Its lyric structure and tone of the speech and its tragic, existential rationale for feminism. The eloquent speech grounds rights in the chance life events and the corporeal permanence of human is ...more
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Published February 28th 2011 by eAgora Press (first published September 1st 2000)
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Solitude of Self is Cady-Stanton's last speech given in 1872. A must read for anyone interested in the first wave of feminism in the USA.
Feb 10, 2017 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth Cady Stanton addressed the US Senate with these words in 1892. A tireless activist and impassioned speaker, Stanton passed away two decades before Congress finally gave women the vote in 1920. This speech is notable more for what it is not than for what it is. Instead of placing blame on men and institutions for the ill-treatment of women, she argues instead that it is a fundamental right of both men and women to pursue "self-sovereignty". By denying them the tools and resources they n ...more
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Nov 18, 2014 Paris Press rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Throughout Solitude of Self, Elizabeth Cady Stanton reflects on solitude and its integral relationship to self-reliance and equality. She asserts that we face our most challenging moments alone, and that it is the birthright of every person to be prepared for these moments — regardless of gender, race, religion, or wealth. If we are equally educated and equally trained on all fronts of life, then, says Stanton, we can call upon our inner resources when we
Apr 21, 2016 Annie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful speech that was eloquently written, and can apply to modern day, simply by changing some pronouns. I genuinely enjoyed reading this and think that everyone should read this, as you can learn a lot from it, even though this was written during the era of women fighting for their independence and right to be recognized by their governments.
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Shelves: feminism
Amazing, I loved the argument, and I am not a fan of self-reliance theories. But the way she's talking about life is compelling - it reminds me of Hamlet and his 'sea of troubles'. Stanton makes a strong point about equality between sexes, about the responsibilities of each individual towards himself and towards others.
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??? i just don't understand this piece and i don't like it. maybe i will have some more conclusive thoughts someday. maybe not.
Read in class ("Women in America to 1900")
One of the most phenomenal pieces of work I've ever read.
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Jul 28, 2016 Joseph Crowe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stanton's arguments for women's rights, and indeed: individual liberty, are just as real and powerful as the day the words were uttered before US lawmakers.
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Elizabeth Cady Stanton was an American social activist and leading figure of the early woman's movement. Her Declaration of Sentiments, presented at the first women's rights convention held in 1848 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.

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“Whatever the theories may be of woman’s dependence on man, in the supreme moments of her life he can not bear her burdens. Alone she goes to the gates of death to give life to every man that is born into the world. No one can share her fears, no one can mitigate her pangs; and if her sorrow is greater than she can bear, alone she passes beyond the gates into the vast unknown.” 3 likes
“We ask no sympathy from others in the anxiety and agony of a 
broken friendship or shattered love. When death sunders our nearest
 ties, alone we sit in the shadow of our affliction. Alike mid the greatest 
triumphs and darkest tragedies of life we walk alone. On the divine 
heights of human attainments, eulogized and worshiped as a hero or 
saint, we stand alone. 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 highways; 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. In hours like these we realize the
awful solitude of individual life, its pains, its penalties, its responsibilities; hours in which the youngest and most helpless are thrown on their own resources for guidance and consolation. 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.” 0 likes
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