JANUARY 20, 1869 – ELIZABETH CADY STANTON BECOMES THE 1ST WOMAN TO TESTIFY BEFORE CONGRESS

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On January 20, 1869, Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815 – 1902) became the first woman to testify before Congress.  She spoke about woman’s rights and suffrage. Though she had been an abolitionist she, along with her college friend, Susan B. Anthony, were opposed to the 14th and 15th Amendments to the United States Constitution because they gave rights to African American men that were not given to women of all races.   Interestingly, in 1866 Stanton had been the first woman to run for Congress, even though women did not have the right to vote.  She ran from the 8th Congressional district in New York, and garnered only 24 votes out of the 22,000 cast in the election.

Stanton was such a major player in the early women’s movement that space does not permit covering her life with just one blog.  Throughout the year, we will celebrate her on anniversary dates of her accomplishments.  On her birth date, November 12, we will develop a  timeline of her life to put her numerous contributions in context.

 

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