Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Blogging from A to Z April Challenge - Letter N

We're up to the letter N during the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. Hope you're enjoying our trip through history.

Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and other women founded the National Woman Suffrage Association in May 1869. In addition to suffrage, the NWSA dealt with issues important to women, such as the unionization of women workers. They also supported Victoria Woodhull, the first woman candidate for president of the United States. The American Woman Suffrage Association, however, concentrated solely on securing the right to vote. The AWSA was opposed to Anthony and Stanton's policies that they felt diverted attention from the suffrage issue. Eventually, the two groups would put aside their differences and formed the National American Woman Suffrage Association in 1890. In 1919, the NAWSA would succeed in getting the Nineteenth Amendment passed, giving women the right to vote.

I read a wonderful book about a contemporary of Stanton and Anthony--Martha Coffin Wright, whose neighbors called her "A Very Dangerous Woman." The book is not only a biography of Wright, it provides excellent insight into the times in which these women lived. You can find it here.