The Woman's Bible
Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902)
"The Woman's Bible,"
commentary on Genesis 2: 21-25
Draft holograph manuscript
Gift of Harriot Stanton Blatch, 1927 (97A.9)
Suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton participated in a variety of
reform initiatives during her lifetime. She actively supported
many women's issues including, promoting women's health, more
liberal divorce laws, and stronger women's property laws. Stanton's
controversial views on religion culminated in 1895 with her publication
of The Woman's Bible. Assisted by a committee of
academic and church women, Stanton drafted commentary on selections
of biblical text. Although never a major work of church scholarship,
it was a best-seller, much to the dismay of many suffragists.