Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born on November 12, 1815 in Johnstown, New York. Her father was a well known attorney and later judge. Cady was the seventh child of her large family of six girls and one boy. Cady was very determined to please her father who wanted a son more than anything, and by doing so she participated in many male activities such as chess, horseback riding, and an education. Cady soon became aware of the absence of womenâ€™s rights by reading through her fathers law books.
Elizabeth attended the Johnstown Academy at the head of her class and when she graduated she wanted to apply to the same university as her brother but at that time women were still not admitted. Instead Cady graduated from a female academy in 1833, and from there entered in her interests womenâ€™s rights. While she was visiting a cousin who was an abolitionist, Cady met many other reformers along with her soon to be husband Henry Stanton who was a well known abolitionist and journalist. Even though her father strongly disagreed with her choice of husband, who by the way was ten years older then herself, Cady married Henry on May 1, 1840 where she had the minister remove the word â€œobeyâ€ from their wedding vows. While in London on their honeymoon Stanton met her lifelong friend Lucretia Mott when both were banished from an anti-slavery convention. They would both meet up again eight years later to fight for womenâ€™s rights.
Meanwhile, after Elizabeth and Henryâ€™s honeymoon they returned to Stantonâ€™s home and Henry studied law with her father. Cady eventually had seven children, and remained home much of the time. Since Cady was unable to be very involved in the womenâ€™s movement she wrote about it instead and was frequently visited by Susan Anthony. Eventually Henry passed the bar himself and they moved to Boston and then settled in Seneca Falls, New York.