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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Maciek rated it it was amazing Mar 30, Although closely identified with the women’s suffrage movement in the nineteenth-century United States, beginning with elizxbeth Seneca Falls convention ofStanton rejected an exclusive interest in suffrage. Because some men fill these departments of usefulness, shall we regulate the curriculum in Harvard and Yale to their present necessities?

It is more hidden than the caves of the gnome; the sacred adytum of the oracle; the hidden stajton of Eleusinian mystery, for to it only omniscience is permitted to enter. Michael Mccarthy rated it it was amazing Dec 12, She died before women in the United States were granted the vote.

With gorgeous and direct language, she presents a compassionate appeal for human equality and dignity, and she addresses the place of solitude in the lives of women and men. In hours like these we realize the awful solitude of individual life, its pains, its penalties, its responsibilities, hours in which the youngest and most helpless are thrown on their own resources for guidance and consolation. Nothing strengthens the judgment and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility.

Solitude of Self

Paperback56 pages. As in our extremity we must depend on ourselves, the dictates of wisdom point to complete individual development.

The more fully the faculties of the mind are developed and kept in use, the longer the period of vigor and active interest in all around us continues. Secondly, if we consider her as a citizen, as a member of a great nation, she must have the same rights as all others members, according to the fundamental principles of our Government.

Unlike many of those involved in the women’s rights movement, Stanton addressed a number of issues pertaining to women beyond voting rights. Seeing, then, what must be the infinite diversity in human character, we can in a measure appreciate the loss to a nation when any class of the people is uneducated and unrepresented in the government.

Nothing strengthens the judgment and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility. 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. Maggie rated it it was amazing Sep 22, Religious vocation as an escape for intelligent women was as much a psychological and physical alternative as a social alternative to the structures of the day.


So it ever must be in the conflicting scenes of life, in the long, weary march, each one walks alone. Nov 18, Paris Press rated it it was amazing Shelves: Barry Belmont rated it really liked it Jul 29, The struggle for woman suffrage lasted almost a century.

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.

elizaabeth This speech is notable more for what it is not than for what it is. She stood in front of her lifelong compatriots and enemies and argued that the eliazbeth 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.

Open Preview See a Problem? 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. 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.

Melissa Amaral rated it liked it Aug 06, Here solitude is not a voluntarily chosen lifestyle but a psychological and physical condition of life, as is free will or responsibility.

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

By denying them the tools and resources they need to master their lives, women are unable to earn their place in the world through “personal merit” instead of inheritance, wealth, marriage or position. Seeing, then, that life must ever be a march and a battle that each soldier must be equipped for his own protection, it is the height of cruelty to rob the individual of a single stanfon right.

But the way she’s talking about life is compelling – it reminds me of Hamlet and his ‘sea of troubles’. In ignorance, poverty and vice, as sepf pauper or criminal, alone we starve or steal; alone we suffer the sneers and rebuffs of our fellows; alone we are hunted and hounded through caey courts and alleys, in by-ways and high-ways; alone we stand in the judgment seat; alone in the prison cell we lament our crimes and misfortunes; alone we expiate them on the gallows.

Trivia About Solitude of Self. Summary Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s thesis is not reducible to a feminist harangue but is a reflective insight advocating universal and moral principles.


There can never again be just such a combination of prenatal influences; never again just such environments as make up the infancy, youth and manhood of this one. No trivia or quizzes yet. To appreciate the importance of fitting every human soul for independent action, think for a moment of the immeasurable solitude of self.

Alike amid the greatest triumphs and darkest tragedies of life, we walk alone. Apr 21, Annie Goins rated it it was amazing.

The talk of sheltering woman from the fierce storms of life is the sheerest mockery, for elizabeht 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.

Solitude of Self by Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Diane Lanquetot rated it it was amazing Nov 27, Quotes from Solitude of Self. No matter how much women prefer to lean, to be protected and supported, nor how much men desire to have them do so, they must make the voyage of life alone, and for safety in an emergency, they must know something of the laws of navigation.

The strongest reason for giving woman all the opportunities for higher education, for the full development of her faculties, her 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. In the wild chase for the prizes of life, they are ground to powder.

Stanton wrote the essay at the age of 77, and delivered it to a U. In age, when the pleasures of youth are passed, children grown up, married and gone, the hurry and bustle of life in a measure over, when the hands are weary of active service, when the old arm chair and the fireside are the chosen resorts, then men and women alike must fall hack on their own resources.

Taffeta rated it it was amazing Jun 15, Throughout Solitude of Self, Elizabeth Cady Stanton reflects on solitude and its integral relationship to self-reliance and equality. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.