Women’s Rights National Historical Park, Seneca Falls, NY

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815–1902) pioneered scholarly efforts to depatriarchalize interpretation of the Bible—to make it not categorically a “man’s book.” A political activist, Stanton organized the first women’s rights convention in America — in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York. Later, she turned her attention to religion and its oppression of women. In 1895, the year this photo was taken, she published the Woman’s Bible, which included, as she termed it, an unprejudiced reading of the story of Eve and Adam.