Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Address to the New York Legislature

(1854)

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Gentlemen, in republican America, in the 19th century, we, the daughters of the revolutionary heroes of ’76, demand at your hands the redress of our grievances—a revision of your state constitution—a new code of laws. Permit us then … to call your attention to the legal disabilities under which we labor.

1st. Look at the position of woman as woman. It is not enough for us that by your laws we are permitted to live and breathe, to claim the necessaries of life from our legal protectors … we demand the full recognition of all our rights as citizens of the Empire State. We are …...

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