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Dead on D Street: Must Women Be Perfect?

Several years ago I read this sympathetic and very public passage about a woman’s experience with drink. It appears in a speech by the Rev. Olympia Brown at a national meeting of woman suffragists in Washington in January 1885. I … Continue reading

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Tender Hands: Rediscovering the Sculptor

For years, gathering dust and love in equal measure, the hands lay upon whatever flat surface could be found in overcrowded offices of people editing the Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. No one we talked to … Continue reading

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“To younger hands resign the reins”: Mrs. Stanton’s Birthday

To mark the birthday of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, on this her 202d, it is good practice to follow the advice of friends and family a year after her death: honor her by heeding her ideas. No one today can endorse … Continue reading

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“Being Then & There a Person of the Female Sex”: A Citizen’s Right to Vote

On January 23, 1873, one hundred and forty-four years ago, a federal grand jury of men, in Albany, New York, indicted Susan B. Anthony for being a female. It was one moment in a chain of events that led not … Continue reading

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“Handmaid of Our Destiny Enthroned”: Queen Victoria and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, A Birthday Salute

November 12, 2016, is the 201st birthday of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. When her cousin, her co-worker, and her daughter teamed up in 1903 to encourage celebrations of the day, they appealed to women to eschew personal life or personality for … Continue reading

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Universal Suffrage–Now That Would be Something to Celebrate! Thoughts on the 19th Amendment and “Women’s Equality Day”

It happened again in this summer of woman suffrage: someone emailed me to ask, “Did either Susan B. Anthony or Elizabeth Cady Stanton write the 19th Amendment?” There are two possible answers to this query: first, “What’s to write?” and … Continue reading

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“You Got a Right, I Got a Right”: What If We Team Up, 1903

Susan B. Anthony, age eighty-three and traveling with her sister and her doctor, reached New Orleans by train on the night of March 17, 1903. No longer an elected leader of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, she could arrive … Continue reading

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