National Woman Suffrage Celebrates 150 Years

National Woman Suffrage Celebrates 150 Years

May 15 is the 150th anniversary of the National Woman Suffrage Association, formed by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony in 1869.  At the time, the 15th Amendment was being considered, granting voting rights to African-American men, but not to women.  Stanton and Anthony argued fiercely that the only voting rights amendment worth supporting would also include women, and their objection proved prescient: the men-only amendment passed, but it would be another 50 years before women could vote.  Over the decades, the two women made a formidable team: Stanton raised a family, did the research, and wrote the speeches; Anthony never married, travelled the country, and delivered the speeches Stanton had written.  Stanton put it this way: “I am the better writer, she the better critic… and together we have made arguments that have stood unshaken by the storms of thirty long years; arguments that no man has answered.” SALT’s “Theologian’s Almanac,” a weekly selection of important birthdays, holidays, and other upcoming milestones worth marking

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