American Treasures of the Library of Congress: Reason

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The Woman's Bible

The Woman's Bible
Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902)
"The Woman's Bible,"
commentary on Genesis 2: 21-25
Draft holograph manuscript
Manuscript Division
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.

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