Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) was a leading figure in the early women’s rights movement for more than fifty years; she helped organize the first women’s rights convention, drafted and presented the first women’s rights charter, and founded multiple organizations focusing on the cause. In 1854, Stanton received an unprecedented invitation to address the New York legislature. In her speech, translated to Persian by Tavaana, she declares, “We demand the full recognition of all our rights as citizens.” Describing the civic rights denied women and the injustices visited upon women under the law, Stanton touches upon issues of marriage, divorce, child custody, and inheritance. In the wake of her address, the Married Women’s Property Law of 1860 granted married women the right to own property, engage in business, manage their income, sue and be sued, and be joint guardian of their children.
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