Without the inimitable Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the voice of 19th-century feminists would have been much less forceful. Essayist and memoirist. Elizabeth Cady Stanton argued for the rights of women based on the solitude and uniqueness of every person. Image 1 of Solitude of self No 11 ELIZABETH CADY STANTON Born November 12, in Johnstown Died October 26, in New York City.

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Return to Book Page. In youth our most bitter disappointments, our brightest hopes and ambitions, are known only to ourselves.

No one can share her fears, no one can mitigate her pangs; and if her sorrow is greater than she can bear, alone she passes beyond the gates into the vast unknown. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

To guide our own craft, we must be captain, pilot, stwnton with chart and compass to stand at the wheel; to solitudf the winds and waves, and know when to take in the sail, and to read the signs in the firmament over all. Discover what to read next. The lives of ancient and medieval female solitaries in the West existed within a specific historical and social setting. I genuinely enjoyed reading this and think that everyone should read this, as you can learn a lot from it, even though this was written during the era of women fighting for their independence and right to be recognized by their governments.

We see reason sufficient in the outer conditions of human beings for individual liberty and development, but when we consider the self-dependence of every human soul, we see the need of courage, judgment and the exercise of every faculty of mind and body, strengthened and developed by use, in woman as well as man.

She was also an outspoken supporter of the 19th-century temperance movement. Alone she goes to the gates of death to give life to every man that is born into the world. By denying them the tools and resources they n Elizabeth Cady Stanton addressed the US Senate with these words in The strongest reason for giving woman all the opportunities — for higher education, for the full development of her faculties, forces of mind and body; for giving her the most enlarged freedom of thought and action; a complete emancipation from all forms of bondage, of custom, dependence, superstition; from all the crippling influences of fear — is the solitude and personal responsibility of her own individual life.

But when all artificial trammels are removed, and women are recognized as individuals, responsible for their own environments, thoroughly educated for all positions in life they may be called to fill; with all the resources in themselves that liberal thought and broad culture can give; guided by their own conscience and judgment, trained to self-protection, by a healthy development of the muscular system, and skill in the use of weapons and defence; and stimulated to self-support by a knowledge of the business world and the pleasure that pecuniary independence must ever give; when women are trained in this way, they will in a measure be fitted for those hours of solitude that come alike to all, whether prepared or otherwise.


“The Solitude of Self”: Stanton Appeals for Women’s Rights

To appreciate the importance of fitting every human soul for independent action, think for a moment of the immeasurable solitude of self.

Jul 01, Tamara rated it it was amazing Shelves: The individual in Enlightenment thought is a symbolic package of potentialities as dependent on the society and institutions as ever, even if secularized. Inshe resigned at age In our large cities, men run the bakeries; they make our bread, cake and pies. Elizabeth Cady Stanton believed this to be the most important speech of her lifetime. It matters not whether the solitary voyager is man or woman; nature, having endowed them equally, leaves them to their own skill and judgment in the hour of danger, and, if not equal to the occasion, alike they perish.

Although closely identified with the women’s suffrage movement in the nineteenth-century United States, beginning with the Seneca Falls convention ofStanton rejected an exclusive interest in suffrage. It is more hidden than the caves of the gnome; the sacred adytum of the oracle; the hidden chamber of Eleusinian mystery, for to it only omniscience is permitted to enter.

If we are equally educated and equally trained on all fronts of life, then, says Stanton, we can call upon our inner resources when we need them most.

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The talk of sheltering woman from the stanyon storms of life is the sheerest mockery, for they beat on her from every point of the compass, just as they do on man, and with more fatal results, for he has been trained to protect himself, to resist, and to conquer. The more fully the faculties of the mind are developed and kept in use, the longer the period of stantoon and active interest in all around us continues. However, her intriguing ideas leave the reader hoping for more thinking from her on the subject.

In the wild chase for the prizes of life, they are ground to powder. Because some men fill these departments of usefulness, shall we regulate the curriculum in Harvard and Yale to their present necessities? Women are already the equals of men in the whole solitud of thought, in art, science, literature and government.

Want to Read saving…. No one has ever found two blades of ribbon grass alike, and no one will ever find two human beings alike. Her position on this issue, together with her thoughts on organized Christianity and women’s issues beyond voting rights, led to the formation of two separate women’s rights organizations that were finally rejoined, with Stanton as president of the joint organization, approximately twenty years later.

If not, why this talk in our best colleges of a curriculum for girls who are crowding into the trades and professions, teachers in all our public schools, rapidly filling many lucrative and honorable positions in life? To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Again, we ask complete individual development for the general good; for the consensus of the competent on the whole round of human interests, on all questions of national life; and here each man must bear his share of the general burden.


The strongest reason why we ask for woman a voice in the government under which she lives; in the religion she is asked to believe; equality in social life, where she is the chief factor; a place in the trades and professions, where she may earn her bread, is because of her birthright to self-sovereignty; because, as an individual, she must rely on herself.

Solitude of Self

The chief reason for opening to every soul the doors to the whole round of human duties and pleasures is the individual development thus attained, the resources thus provided under all circumstances to mitigate the solitude that at times must come to everyone. So it ever must be in the conflicting scenes of life, in the long, weary march, each one walks alone.

Who, I ask you, can take, dare take on himself the rights, the duties, the responsibilities of another human soul? A stznton speech that was eloquently written, and can apply to modern day, simply by changing some pronouns.

The focus on “solitude” – the condition that women must rely on themselves alone, is startlingly modern, and her use of masculine imagery evokes a proto-Rosie the Riveter chanting “We are women hear us roar”: Open Preview See a Problem? To guide our own craft, we must be captain, pilot, engineer; with chart and compass to stand at the wheel; to watch the winds and waves, and know when to take in the sail, and to read the signs in the firmament over all.

Diane Lanquetot rated it it was amazing Nov 27, Rather, it is the common fate of both men and women and the need for both to be equipped mentally and physically that motivates women. She stood in front of her lifelong compatriots and enemies and argued that the inherent isolation of the human condition demands that people be allowed to be responsible for their own lives; thus, denying women the vote violates a basic human right to self-determination.

Conceding, then, that the responsibilities of life rest equally on man and woman, that their destiny is the same, they need the same preparation for time and eternity.

Hence the urgency to afford each human being the opportunity for self-development, so that the tools of self-reliance can enable every person to discover their way. The great lesson that nature seems to teach us at all ages in self-dependence, self-protection, self-support. Michael Mccarthy rated it it was amazing Dec 12, Women suffer the denial of this integrity in innumerable and subtle ways. Nature never selv herself and the possibilities of one human soul will never be found in another.