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In the Spring of 1851 two women met on a street corner in Seneca Falls, New York—Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a thirty-five year old mother of four boys, and Susan B. Anthony, a thirty-one year old, unmarried, former school teacher.  Immediately drawn to each other, they formed an everlasting and legendary friendship. Together they challenged entrenched beliefs, customs, andIn the Spring of 1851 two women met on a street corner in Seneca Falls, New York—Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a thirty-five year old mother of four boys, and Susan B. Anthony, a thirty-one year old, unmarried, former school teacher.  Immediately drawn to each other, they formed an everlasting and legendary friendship. Together they challenged entrenched beliefs, customs, and laws that oppressed women and spearheaded the fight to gain legal rights, including the right to vote despite fierce opposition, daunting conditions, scandalous entanglements and betrayal by their friends and allies. Weaving events, quotations, personalities, and commentary into a page-turning narrative, Penny Colman tells this compelling story and vividly portrays the friendship between Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, a friendship that changed history....

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Reviews

  • Nancy H
    2019-04-22 22:10

    This is the intriguing story of two amazing women, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, and should be read by every girl and woman in our country and in our world, because today, they enjoy the freedoms that were only imagined back in the day when these two women were trailblazers in the fight for women's rights. The story of what these two heroines have done shows just how far we have come; however it also reminds the reader of so many parallels with today's world - for women and girls in other countries, for minorities here in the United States, and for people of all sexes, races, and cultures who are still downtrodden and who have no rights of their own to live free and peaceful lives. In my opinion, this is a great book.

  • Tom Mach
    2019-04-16 23:25

    Colman's book is easy to read and I received quite a bit of information about those two suffragists. The author keeps shifting back and forth between those two pioneers, and at times I got lost into following who she was referring to. Still, it's an enjoyable book to read, although I found a stronger emotional attachment to "Angels at Sunset" which really made those characters come to life.

  • Natalie
    2019-03-29 21:03

    I loved this book. These two are two of my personal heroes and I loved reading about their friendship. I love that one was an unmarried school teacher and the other a married mother of 4 (and eventually 7!) and the friendship they formed and work they did together changed history.

  • Myanna Hightower
    2019-04-21 00:12

    If I could give this book a negative star, I would. Maybe it's because I don't like non-fiction books, maybe not, all I know is that this book was absolutely terrible. The way it was formatted was very confusing, and the book was overall very uninteresting. I would DEFINITELY NOT recommend this book to ANYONE........unless you enjoy boring confusing books!

  • Patricia Powell
    2019-04-23 20:09

    well researched, well documented, clear wonderful tale of ECS and SBA

  • Alexandria
    2019-04-14 19:28

    read entirely in one sitting. pretty damn good.

  • Margo Tanenbaum
    2019-04-09 16:25

    Award-winning non-fiction author Penny Colman has written extensively for young people about the history of women in America, and her newest book focuses on "a friendship that changed the world"--Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, two of the leaders of the 19th century American suffragist movement. While there are many women who fought for the right to vote, Colman points out in her preface that these two women in particular are remembered for "their fierce, relentless, groundbreaking leadership and their powerful friendship in the fight for women's rights." Their friendship lasted a remarkable 51 years, sustaining the whole movement, although sadly neither lived to see Congress pass the 19th amendment.Colman paints a fascinating dual portrait in this book, which although published for young people, is equally suitable for adult readers looking for a well-written and reasonably comprehensive introduction to both women's lives. In the beginning of the book, she alternates chapter by chapter, telling the story of both women's childhoods separately. They grew up in quite different circumstances, Elizabeth in a large, wealthy family with servants, her father a prominent lawyer and judge. When her older brother died at twenty, eleven-year old Elizabeth decided to "be all my brother was," becoming an excellent student (the only girl in a class of all boys, relishing her studies of advanced mathematics and languages) and an accomplished rider. She was shocked at the injustices women suffered under the law, and resolved to take her scissors and cut all the "odious laws...out of the books." Her father gently explained to her that this would not make any difference in women's conditions, since there were many other lawyers and libraries.Susan, on the other hand, was born into a large Quaker family, with a father who also believed strongly in education for girls as well as boys. Her father managed a textile mill, and Susan was expected to help care for the younger children and pitch in with many household chores. By fifteen, Susan became a teacher in her father's private school, and continued her own education later at a female seminary near Philadelphia.We see their lives unfold side-by-side: Susan, who had no shortage of suitors, remained an unmarried teacher, and Elizabeth, married to a prominent abolitionist and soon with a house full of children. When Elizabeth moves to Seneca Falls, New York, she begins to plan together with her friends the first "Woman's Rights Convention." They drafted a Declaration of Sentiments, based on the Declaration of Independence, with a resolution on the right of suffrage. Elizabeth's own husband would not agree to it, and the convention was ridiculed in newspapers across the country. But Elizabeth was not intimidated; more women's rights conventions followed, although Elizabeth was unable to attend due to pregnancies and her small children. However, she would write speeches and letters that were read at these meetings by others.Elizabeth and Susan were eventually introduced by fellow suffragist Amelia Bloomer and immediately hit it off, although at this time Susan did not share Elizabeth's intense commitment to women's rights, being passionately committed instead to the temperance movement. However, Susan's focus soon shifted to the issue of suffrage, as she began to realize that without the vote women couldn't push effectively for any other political changes. The two women's skills complemented each other very well; Elizabeth didn't have the freedom to travel and make speeches as often as Susan because of her many children, so she often wrote the speeches that Susan then delivered all over the country. Colman takes us chronologically through both of these icons of women's rights long lives, as each continued fighting to the bitter end to see the vote passed for women. There are many excellent web resources on these two remarkable women. Just to name a few to start with, for more on the web on Susan B. Anthony, see the website for her home in Rochester, New York, now a museum and, a project of the Rochester Regional Library Council. For more on Elizabeth Cady Stanton, see and the website for Elizabeth Cady Stanton's house, now run by the National Park Service, which includes this attractive brochure/flyer from the Park Service on Elizabeth's life in Seneca Falls.I highly recommend this book for purchase by school and public libraries; it could be used for both school reports and also for pleasure reading by young people interested in biographies of great figures from history.

  • Jane
    2019-04-05 23:11

    The prologue invites the reader to imagine a time in America when girls were considered weaker and inferior to boys, when they required less, if any, education, should never speak in public, should always be escorted, had no legal rights after marriage, and could not vote. Divided into chapters that chunk the history of the two women into a few years at a time, the author begins with an examination of their childhood. Both were born into New England families who valued education for both sexes and deplored slavery. Stanton grew up fairly well-to-do, with a father who practiced law and became a judge; Anthony's family was Quaker and owned a textile mill. Both received good educations for their time. Initially, Elizabeth worked to fight against slavery, and Susan was involved in the temperance movement. However, in 1848, Elizabeth began working for women's rights. In 1852 she was introduced to Susan, and the rest, as they say, is history. The ensuing chapters are eye-opening for those unfamiliar with the history of the woman's movement in America. Stanton's and Anthony's tireless efforts to force Congress to recognize women as citizens with voting rights seem astonishing by today's standards; not until 1920 did women achieve that right to vote – 18 years after Stanton's death, and 14 after Anthony's. During those decades the two became almost inseparable friends and together suffered insults, ridicule, crushing defeats, even death threats, and a few victories. They made many allies but lost friends as well. Stanton was the speech writer, dashing off riveting public addresses for scores of conventions. Often she could not attend them due to the need to attend to her ever-growing family. Susan, who never married, often delivered those stirring speeches in her absence, and came to depend on Elizabeth to put their collective passion into fiery words. The book includes a chronology of events, a list of places to visit should the reader wish to follow in these grand women's footsteps, as well as one of buildings to which their names are attached, and extensive source notes and bibliography. This is a terrific introduction to those who want to know more about the woman on the dollar coin as well as the woman who was her mentor, inspiration, and dearest friend.

  • Reanna
    2019-04-03 19:18

    SUMMARY: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan Brownell Anthony were pioneering feminists who fought for woman's suffrage for over half a century. Their passion and complementary personalities rallied their contemporaries, their nation, and finally the world as they inspired thousands upon thousands to confront their beliefs about the role of women in society and in the home. Penny Colman explores their 50 year friendship from the time they were considered outrageous radicals to the time when, through much labor and sacrifice, they became revered revolutionaries. THE GOOD: Coleman tells each woman's individual story well and weaves the two nicely together when the women begin their friendship and fight for a common cause. She never gives one any more precedence than the other and is careful to maintain the context of the times. It is also an easy read and the subjects are very interesting. She paints a very nice picture of each personality and the book flows rather well. An added bonus is the list of namesakes and places to visit, as well as the timeline in the back.THE NOT- SO- GOOD: The nature of the content itself lags in some places, and certain subjects, like the reconciliation with Lucy Stone, are handled too briefly. Much detail is given about their fellow pioneers in the beginning, but only a few are mentioned at the end.IN CONCLUSION: I really enjoyed it. It was easy to follow along; Anthony, Stanton, and their fellow laborers are truly inspiring and I learned so much about the fight for equal rights not only for women, but for slaves as well. Colman also sheds light on rights and privileges today's women take for granted that were hard- earned victories (riding a bike anyone?) for these early suffragists. It normally takes me a little longer to read history books, but this was interesting enough and well- enough paced that I actually carried it with me to read in my spare time. It also motivated me to look into more of her books and more into early suffragettes.

  • Noelle Daugherty
    2019-04-06 21:20

    Explore into the 1820s to the 1900s as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony fight for women’s rights like never before. You wouldn’t think that a single friendship could make a difference in world history until you read and discover about the lives of these two amazing women. In Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony written by Penny Colman, Elizabeth and Susan grow up in a time where women did not have the basic rights that men and women have today. Both women struggled throughout their childhood with this problem. After meeting when they were both around thirty, they began to take action to fix this. The story tells about the many organizations that they took a part of and also the ones that they made and they led. It shows the triumphs and failures they both experienced throughout their lifetime of fighting for women’s rights. The theme of this book is to keep fighting for what you believe in no matter what. If Elizabeth and Susan had listened to the people criticizing their work and putting them down, they would have never gotten as far as they did with women’s rights. Another theme is that you have to overcome events that happened in the past in order to live life to the fullest in the future. Many deaths of close friends and family occurred in these two women’s lives. It was important for them to move on to helping the greater good and not dwelling on what had happened to them in the past. Although this book contained some very interesting information, I found myself getting bored at times, so I would recommend this to readers who are very into nonfiction books. Also, it doesn’t have a lot of dialogue. Read this book if you are a teenager or an adult who is very into nonfiction and have liked books of a similar topic before reading this.

  • Adrienne
    2019-04-09 18:03

    From the time that Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, two of the pioneering forces in the fight for women's rights, met, they were fierce friends, despite their difference. Stanton, a married woman who went on to have seven children, was more radical in some of her beliefs (such as challenging the clergy and even publishing a women's Bible), while Anthony was a single schoolteacher whose first interest was the temperance movement but who soon pushed women's rights beyond . Anthony thrived on organizing conventions; Stanton would rather not attend but enjoyed writing fiery speeches which she often had Anthony present at the conferences for her. Despite their disagreements, they did agree that women needed to be equal citizens and worked tirelessly to achieve that, and many advance were made during their lifetimes, although women's suffrage, one of their biggest goals, was only achieved in a few states before their deaths.Before reading this book, I was of course aware of Stanton and Anthony, but I didn't realize how much controversy there was within the women's right movement or how long and how hard they worked for their cause. This was highly informative not just about these two women but about the women's right movement and the political climate in 19th century America. Well worth reading.

  • Rebecca Reid
    2019-04-01 19:17

    Penny Colman’s young adult biography of the two women (titled Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the World) tells their story, especially focusing on the women’s rights work that they dedicated their lives to. Although the book had some flaws, it was full of history that I needed to learn and I’m glad I read it. Penny Colman’s biography was strongest in part 1, when it focused on the girl’s upbringings. She seemed to have a tone of personality that brought me, as a reader, in to the lives of the two girls. As the two aged, Ms Colman’s text seemed to get more bogged down with details. I wasn’t as interested in all of the conventions. Granted, the two women spent lots of time in the political sphere, and these needed to be mentioned. However, the personalities of the two women seemed to sink below the political details. It was not as engaging reading to me as the women aged, and I wonder how young adults would feel as they read the story. Would they make it to the end of the women’s lives given the extensive political dates and details?More on my blog

  • Linda
    2019-04-08 16:22

    I have an advance reader's edition of this book but it got lost on the shelf until now. A great read as all of Colman's books are. This provided a nice dose of suffrage history but the main focus was on the friendship of these two women. Suffice it to say, I doubt American women would have gotten the vote if these two had never met. They did not always agree and harshly criticized each other, but never let anything irreparably harm their friendship. They supported and encouraged and pushed each other to do more, say more, write more and work harder. In particular I loved discovering more about Anthony. She has that steely look that 19th C. photos typically confer and that is not how her friends described her. A great many people were converted to her camp upon meeting her and hearing her speak — though she was often saying what Stanton had written. A book that sent me off to learn even more.

  • Abby Johnson
    2019-04-21 18:08

    This dual biographies paints a picture of Elizabeth Cady Stanton's and Susan B. Anthony's lives and the beginnings of the women's rights movement. The book is very detailed and provides a lot of information about the struggle for women's suffrage, the large cast of characters involved in fighting for suffrage, and both Stanton's and Anthony's incredibly dedicated and tireless work to bring about change. Although it's definitely an awesome book for anyone researching women's rights, suffrage, or any of these ladies, I did find it a little hard to follow so very many people through so very many lectures and tours and articles and amendment proposals over and over again. It drove home the fact that it was a long, uphill battle to get women the vote, but I will confess to skipping some chapters towards the end.

  • Ann Ewel
    2019-04-03 21:06

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Penny Colman did a good job of telling the tale of the women's rights movement through the friendship of these two women. Their determination to create positive change for women's lives helped put the condition of women as citizens in the 19th century into perspective for me. Although they did not live to see women gain national suffrage in their lifetime they were certainly a huge force for change in women's opportunity, both for education and for work. I was also impressed with their friendship that lasted through early success, Elizabeth's pregnancy and child-rearing, massive defeats and some fundamental differences in philosophy (Elizabeth's Women's bible). I think this is a great introduction to the subject of women's historical place in American society. It is a YA book, but it has left this adult now looking for more.

  • Sistermagpie
    2019-04-22 19:18

    Really wonderful YA biography of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. The story of all their years together can be so confusing because of the subject matter--they both spend their lives in the pursuit of a single goal, equal rights for women, yet are constantly fighting new ways that the men in charge find to thwart them and changing tactics.The book really brings to life what a pair they must have been, passionately arguing and then walking arm in arm enjoying each other's company or laughing over some predicament they found themselves in. It really is nice to think that at the center of the women's movement there weren't only exceptional women, but exceptional women friendships between two women very different in so many ways.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-11 22:26

    Being used to reading historical fiction, which entertains while teaching, I have to admit that this book was a bit bland......but it is full of wonderful information and I learned a lot about these two ladies who fronted the long feminism fight and greatly advanced suffrage for women, even though we did not legally get the vote in their lifetime (the 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920).Even though I cannot say this book was a page-turner, I was glad to have read it and learned much about these wonderful women pioneers- it is because of ladies like these that women today have equality. Bravo Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton!

  • Rhezam7
    2019-03-31 20:25

    I learned so much about Elizabeth Stanton and Susan Anthony that i didn't know before. If someone told me there names i wouldn't even recognize it but now i can say yes i know them and they changed the world to females. They wanted to change female rights, but nobody would listen to them. So they went and did campaigns and anything they had to so they could get there rights. Than Elizabeth passed away, but woman gained rights 18 years after. This book shows a wonderful theme of hope, because even though nobody listened they didn't give up they knew they could do it.Now they will always be remembered.

  • Katherine Hebert
    2019-04-05 20:18

    Excellent choice for a middle or high school reading list. Lots of primary source material from this powerhouse: Stanton provided the far-reaching ideas and over the top language and topics for countless speeches and Anthony provided more ideas and horsepower as she traveled the world presenting these speeches and tirelessly organizing event after event, working for equal rights for women. From different backgrounds and therefore with different perspectives, they worked well together into their 80s to get the job done.

  • Celeste
    2019-04-08 22:18

    I feel bad giving a book about two amazing women three stars, but the book wasn't as great as the women were. I know that both women went to a lot of meetings and met a lot of people, but I wanted more little stories that told me as the reader who they were, and this book didn't have a lot of that. Good overview of their life and it was not too detail laden, so it was easy to read. I just wanted something more I guess.

  • Sally
    2019-04-15 19:08

    I thoroughly enjoyed this inspiring dual biography which draws heavily on letters, journals and autobiographies. Perhaps being written for teens, it is particularly direct. Stanton and Anthony were so different, yet complemented each other so well, and remained close friends and co-workers for 50 years. It's always hard for me to believe what the condition of women was in the middle of the 19th century, when these women began their work together. It's good to be reminded.

  • Lisa Potocar
    2019-04-08 16:03

    A wonderful depiction of the individual and intertwining lives of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: two of the most powerful female advocates for woman's suffrage in U.S. history. In a fast, entertaining, story-format read, author Penny Colman uses a reservoir of primary research to prove that these women were destined to come together and complement each other in a fierce partnership and loving friendship.

  • Kendra
    2019-04-08 00:23

    I'm giving this four stars for the subject matter and because it gave me new-found appreciation for what women went thru and for the amazing fortitude Stanton & Anthony showed for 50 years. But the editing gets two stars. There were punctuation errors, things that made no sense, the flow was often off. So it's a great way to learn about the women and that time, but be prepared to be annoyed during the reading.

  • Jody
    2019-04-19 19:02

    I grabbed this book from the library without realizing that it is written to a YA audience. While I enjoy the genre for fiction, it was a little too pedantic for me. I would recommend it for a younger audience, and in fact will have my 9 year old read it this year before we visit Seneca Falls and the Women's Rights Historical Site. For the mature reader, I recommend Elizabeth Cady Stanton: An American Life by Lori D. Ginzberg.

  • Sherri Stephens
    2019-03-28 19:13

    Super book when I think of these two great ladies I think only of the right to vote. Thanks to them fighting for so long we (women) were able to have many other rights. Our legal stand from the Revoulution on was nothing. After marriage we didn't exist. We could be beat, used, couldn't own property, and sent to asylums etc.. if the man should choose to do so. I enjoyed it and recommend the book to everyone.

  • Brynn
    2019-04-21 17:07

    This is a quick, excellent read for high school students. I previewed it to book talk to a college history course that needs to choose an outside reading novel and it will be a perfect introduction to the beginning of the women's rights movement. The chapters are short and the author moves the story along, avoiding the details present in longer bios written for adult audiences.

  • Gwenndolyn Campbell
    2019-04-14 17:02

    This was an impressive insight into not only the lives of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, but into the fight for women suffrage in the 1800s. I will most likely reread this book many times, and not just for research purposes!

  • Katie
    2019-04-13 19:13

    This was such a fun book--an inspiring look at girlfriend power, and I couldn't restrain myself from pulling out little zingers and quotes, like when Elizabeth writes to Susan, "As soon as you all begin to ask too much of me, I shall have a baby. Now be careful; do not provoke me to that step."

  • BCPL Youth Services Librarian
    2019-04-07 20:02

    Click to see book in BCPL's online catalog

  • Wendy
    2019-04-13 17:13

    A good historical read for young adults