“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. …If we consider [a woman] as a citizen, as a member of a great nation, she must have the same rights as all other members, according to the fundamental principles of our government.”
The statement above was made by
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Henry David Thoreau
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815–1902) was one of the most important campaigners for women’s legal and political rights in the nineteenth century. She based her arguments for women’s rights on political and religious principles she felt were essential to the United States, as demonstrated in this passage.