Elizabeth Cady Stanton's inspiring and timeless speech, presenting her appeal for equal rights for women and equal education for all
Elizabeth Cady Stanton believed this to be the most important speech of her lifetime. With gorgeous and direct language, she presents a compassionate appeal for human equality and dignity, and she addresses the importance of solitude in the lives of women and men. Solitude of Self joins the canon of classic American speeches. Elizabeth Cady Stanton's timeless appeal presents the historical convergence between the 19th and the 21st centuries. In this last speech, Stanton proves that while many rights have been gained over the past century, inequality continues to thrive. For those opposed to the "glass ceilings" covering our culture, Solitude of Self is an inspiration and comfort. It is for everyone who cherishes equal rights for women and equal education for all.
"This is pronounced the strongest and most unanswerable argument and appeal ever made of mortal pen and tongue—for the full freedom and franchise of women."~Susan B. Anthony
""With the power of her mind, her rhetoric, her voice, she would be ballistic if she were here today.' Jill Ker Conway, who was the first woman president of Smith College, told a packed St. John's Episcopal Church on Tuesday, July 10. The evening was a celebration of Stanton who, perhaps even more than her better-known friend Susan B. Anthony, changed the course of history by struggling for more than fifty years with amazing courage and strength, while raising seven children, to make it possible for women to vote. It was a celebration of the hard work and passion of Jan Freeman and her Paris Press, who published the speech and organized the reading, dedicated to Mary Seymour Lucas, to whom Jan Freeman paid a moving tribute. It was a celebration of women, and there were quite a few men in the audience. It was a rich, moving, funny, powerful, enlightening evening.""~The Ashfield News
""This is pronounced the strongest and most unanswerable argument and appeal ever made of mortal pen and tongue—for the full freedom and franchise of women.""~Susan B. Anthony
""Don't be afraid, Elizabeth Cady Stanton seems to be saying in Solitude of Self. To be solitary, she tells her audience, is to explore part of what it means to be human. And in that exploration, she adds, we can often find the miracle of our uniqueness. She suggests that the great aim of a good education, is to prepare us for those times when we have to be alone.""~The Advocate (Baton Rouge)