Elizabeth Candy Stanton was one of the most outspoken and controversial political philosophers of the mid-eighteen hundreds. Stanton was not only a strong supporter of womens suffrage, but a strong supporter for improved womens rights. Elizabeth Candy Stanton sought to change laws that took away liberties from married women, as well as laws that left divorced women poor and without their children. Although Elizabeth Candy Stanton is remembered mostly for her work in the womens suffrage movement, it is important to note that Stanton was also a leading voice in the abolitionist movement of slavery.
Elizabeth Candy Stanton was born on November 12, 1815, and graduated from Troy Female Seminary in 1833, to join her father, Daniel Livingston Candy, in his law office. Stanton, through her father, was exposed to progressive-thinkers that exposed her to the abolitionist movement, and the natural rights philosophy. Stanton also had been exposed to legal discrimination toward women, for example marriage and divorce laws, that allowed a man to abuse his wife, and in the event of a divorce laws that allowed a husband to keep custody of the children regardless of the circumstances.
Elizabeth candy Stanton married a man named Henry Stanton, a journalist that traveled the world to protest slavery. Elizabeth Candy Stanton traveled with her husband to England, in June of 1840, to the World Anti-Slavery Convention. At the convention Elizabeth Candy Stanton met a person named Lucretia Mott, a woman that became her mentor. Stanton and Mott were humiliated and angered when the World anti-Slavery Convention refused to recognize women as legitimate delegates, both women were so outraged they resolved to call a convention of their own that addressed womens rights.
Elizabeth Candy Stanton did if fact organize a convention that dealt with women's concerns, as well as sexual discrimination, in 1848, at Seneca Falls New York. The Seneca Falls Convention was the first of it's kind, and featured Elizabeth Candy Stanton, as well as nineteenth century feminist Susan B. Anthony, liberal political thinker Frederick Douglas, and many other influential political activist that addressed not only women's suffrage and natural rights, but also the rights of slaves and the need for abolition.
At the Seneca Falls Convention, Elizabeth Candy Stanton took the floor to address the delegates. Stanton had the following to say about the treatment of women, by men throughout history
"The history of mankind is a history of repeated injuries and
usurpations on the part of man toward woman, having in direct
the establishment of an absolute tyranny over her."

It can be assumed that Elizabeth Candy Stanton felt men, even in the United States had too much control over women. Stanton felt throughout history women were regarded as an inferior class of people, simply because of their race. The Seneca Falls Convention, was a starting point for feminist movement in America.
Elizabeth candy Stanton felt strongly about the first issue the feminist movement addressed, womens suffrage. Stanton felt the right to vote was a natural right all people were born with. Stanton also felt women should be allowed to vote, because in some states African American already had the right to vote, and laws giving African-Americans the right to vote, felt were hypocritical, because as Stanton stated:
"The woman may sit at the same table and eat with the white man;
the free Negro may hold property and vote, but the free Negro may
not sit at the same table and eat with the white man; and a woman
may not hold property or vote."

Besides the womens suffrage movement, the Seneca Falls Convention addressed laws that discriminated against women pertaining to marriage, divorce, taxes, and employment, as well as laws that permitted slavery of Africans.
At the Seneca Falls Convention Elizabeth Candy Stanton attacked the laws pertaining to marriage, laws she felt took away a womens property, wages, name, and left her civilly dead. Stanton illustrated her point by telling the convention:
"In the covenant of marriage, the wife is compelled to promise obedience to her husband, he becomeing to all intents and
purposes, her master. The law gives the husband the power to
deprive his wife of her liberty, and to administer chastisement."

Elizabeth Candy Stanton objected to marriage formost, because marriage gave the husband all of the womans property, even her name.
When a woman is married she looses