American Women!
A Celebration of Our History
April 22 -- October 29, 2000


SUSAN B. ANTHONY
Suffragist and Reformer

1820-1906

"Men their rights and nothing more; women their rights and nothing less."


ELIZABETH CADY STANTON
Suffragist and Reformer

1815-1902

"Men say we are ever cruel to each other. Let us end this ignoble record and henceforth stand by womanhood."

 

 

Two women were the driving force behind the women's rights movement. Their partnership was formed in 1851, after their separate fights for women's rights, temperance, and anti-slavery programs led only to frustration. With eloquence, determination and sheer stamina, they became the most powerful team in the history of women.

Miss Anthony was the organizer, tirelessly touring the country to attend rallies. She focused all of her energy on women's right to vote, and eventually merged various groups into one powerful organization-the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). Mrs. Stanton was the philosopher (and mother to seven children) who wrote pamphlets, speeches, and books. She pushed not only for suffrage but for more liberal divorce laws and co-education. She protested sexual abuse and blamed orthodox religions for the repression of women. .

For more than 50 years, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton fought for the rights of all women. Both of them died years before any of their dreams came true.

 

Historic Artifacts:

LIFE CASTING of the HANDCLASP between Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, 1895-symbol of their enduring friendship and collaboration for the advancement of women. It has been passed from mother to daughter through six generations of the Stanton family.
-- On loan from Coline Jenkins-Sahlin, Greenwich CT-great-great-granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton I

DIARY PAGE (copy) from the diary of Susan B. Anthony; entry on the day the cast was made, 11-13-1895: ".went to Mrs Stanton's & had cast taken of my single hand & then with it clasped with Mrs Stantons-& the Italians pronounced it good cast-Then I rushed back to cousin Semanthas."
--From the Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. Transcript prepared by staff of Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, Department of History, Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ
-- Copy courtesy of Coline Jenkins-Sahlin, Greenwich CT

LEGAL DOCUMENTS: "Commitment to Jail" and "Writ of Habeus Cor-pus" issued to Susan B. Anthony for voting in the 1872 presidential election.
-- On loan from the National Archives Northeast Region, New York NY

APPEAL FOR A 16TH AMENDMENT, broadside issued from the National Woman Suffrage Association, 1876, signed by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
-- On loan from the Records of the U.S. House of Representatives / National Archives, Washington D.C.

THE REVOLUTION, newspaper written and published by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1868
-- On loan from the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Rush Rhees Library, University of Rochester, Rochester NY

THE HISTORY OF WOMAN SUFFRAGE, vols. III-IV by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony
-- On loan from the Susan B. Anthony House, Rochester NY

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