Research Programs: Fellowships for University Teachers

Period of Performance

7/1/2006 - 6/30/2007

Funding Totals

$40,000.00 (approved)
$40,000.00 (awarded)

Biography of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 19th-Century Feminist and Intellectual

FAIN: FA-52196-06

Lori D. Ginzberg
Penn State (University Park, PA 16802-1503)

Few American women loom as large as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, arguably the foremost feminist intellectual of the nineteenth century. Yet although the traditional narrative of the movement for woman's rights has been transformed over the past three decades, and life stories of leading activists have been written, there has been no serious biography of Stanton for twenty years. Benefitting from new scholarship in women's history and feminist political theory, and my own scholarly engagement with questions of political identity and reform activism, this biography will use Stanton's life story as a window through which to view, and reshape, the narrative of nineteenth-century feminism and American intellectual life itself.

Media Coverage

"Elizabeth Cady Stanton" (Review)
Author(s): Leilani
Publication: Good Reads: Leilani's re views (on line)
Date: 10/24/2010

"Both Central and Marginal" (Review)
Author(s): Allison Sneider
Publication: Women's Review of Books
Date: 7/1/2010
Abstract: Long review of book in premier newspaper of books by/about women.

"Elizabeth Cady Stanton" (Review)
Publication: The New Yorker
Date: 9/28/2009

Associated Products

Elizabeth Cady Stanton: An American Life (Book)
Title: Elizabeth Cady Stanton: An American Life
Author: Lori D. Ginzberg
Abstract: Elizabeth Cady Stanton was the founding philosopher of the American movement for woman's rights, the initiator of the first woman's rights convention at Seneca Falls, and one of her generation's most charismatic leaders. In her time she was a visible presence in American public life, a force to be reckoned with, a household name. That nearly all of her ideas – that women are entitled to seek an education, to own property, to get a divorce, and to vote -- are utterly commonplace in our own time is in large part because she, along with her lifelong friend Susan B. Anthony, tirelessly worked to extend the nation's promise of radical individualism to women. This book narrates the life of a woman of great charm, enormous appetite, and extraordinary intellectual gifts who turned the limitations placed on women like herself into a universal philosophy of equal rights. Yet elitism runs through Stanton’s life and thought, most often defined by class, frequently by race, and always by intellect. Both critical and admiring, Ginzberg captures Stanton's ambiguous place in the world of reformers and intellectuals, describes how she changed the world, and suggests that Stanton nevertheless left an ambiguous legacy that continues to haunt American feminism.
Year: 2009
Primary URL:
Publisher: Hill and Wang
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 978-0-8090-949