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“Night after night by the light of an old-fashioned fireplace, we plotted and planned the coming agitation, how, when, and where each entering wedge could be driven, by which woman might be recognized, and her rights secured . . . Such battles were fought over and over again.” Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Wonderful idea! Mayor Lovely Warren of Rochester, NY, announced that Mount Hope Cemetery where Susan B. Anthony is buried will open early and close late on election day (7:30 am – 9 pm). It’s a tradition for people to come and leave “I voted” slickers on her headstone. I’m planning to go to Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx and pay my respects to Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Carrie Chapman Catt and Mary Garrett Hay. If you’d like the location of a historic women’s grave in your area, leave me a comment and I’ll check my records.
Monday morning, Sept. 7, 1914, in Pensacola, FL, newspaper readers found a 12-page “Equal Suffrage Edition” in their newspaper the “Pensacola Journal.” Here are two images from that edition: “Votes for Women” radiate around Liberty; the adrift-on-a- raft-working woman with the $6 pay check is surrounded by shark fins labelled: clothes, rent, laundry, food.
“Women’s history is . . . an essential indispensable heritage from which we can draw pride, comfort, courage, and long range vision.” wise words from pioneering historian Gerda Lerner; The image of Susan B. Anthony appeared on the front page of a newspaper in Union City, TN in 1906.
Lest we underestimate the resistance to women as participants in the political arena today- Nov. 2, 1915 – women suffrage amendments to the state constitutions of Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania were soundly defeated! That same year, on Oct. 19th, a woman suffrage amendment was defeated in New Jersey, where some women were enfranchised from 1776-1807.
March 3, 1913, an estimated 8,000 women marched in a spectacular suffrage parade in Washington, D.C. (in 2013 my oldest granddaughter and I marched in a reenactment of that historic event.)
This image was on the front page of “The Evening Star,” a Washington, D.C.
I love the phrase “Brainiest Women” in the caption that reads: MRS. MARY CHURCH TERRELL, President of the National Association of Colored Women. Her Address on “Woman Suffrage” the Hit of the Recent Gathering of America’s Brainiest Women.” The “recent gathering was the 32nd annual convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, the last one of Susan B. Anthony’s presidency.
Jane Addams’ contributions were so deep and wide and transformative. Recently I’ve been looking at her role in women’s fight for the vote, in other words – women’s fight to participate in the political arena. “What after all has maintained the human race on this old Globe despite all the calamities of nature and all the tragic failings of mankind, if not faith in new possibilities and courage to advocate them.” Jane Addams