Susan B. Anthony: Celebrating "A Heroic Life" - Anthony's Circle

Celebrating "A Heroic Life"
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LUCRETIA COFFIN MOTT (1793-1880): Quaker minister, abolitionist; organized with Elizabeth Cady Stanton the first woman’s rights convention in 1848; mentor to Susan B. Anthony when she joined the movement.

ELIZABETH CADY STANTON (1815-1902): Co-organizer of the first woman’s rights convention, orator, writer, abolitionist; friend and ally of Susan B. Anthony for fifty years; first woman to testify before the NYS Legislature (1854); president of the National Woman Suffrage Association; editor of woman’s rights newspaper The Revolution; co-author of first three volumes of the History of Woman Suffrage; author of The Woman’s Bible.

LUCY STONE (1818-1893): Abolitionist speaker, pioneer in woman’s rights movement; split with Anthony and Stanton over philosophical, political and tactical differences and founded the rival American Woman Suffrage Association; with husband Henry Blackwell published The Woman’s Journal.

MARY STAFFORD ANTHONY (1827-1907): Susan B. Anthony’s sister; attended the 1848 Rochester woman’s rights convention; teacher and principal in Rochester schools; active in the Rochester Political Equality Club and NYS Suffrage Association.

FREDERICK DOUGLASS (1817-1895): Self-emancipated slave; abolitionist orator and writer; publisher of The North Star; attended the Seneca Falls and Rochester woman’s rights conventions; disagreed with Anthony and Stanton over the fourteenth and fifteenth amendments; attended a woman’s rights meeting the day he died.

AMY KIRBY POST (1802-1889): Rochester Quaker, abolitionist, woman’s rights advocate, Spiritualist; with husband Isaac attended Seneca Falls and Rochester woman’s rights conventions; attempted to vote with Susan B. Anthony in 1872.

ANTOINETTE BROWN BLACKWELL (1825-1921): First woman to be an ordained minister in the United States; worked with Susan B. Anthony in 1850s but after marriage to Samuel Blackwell became less involved in public work.

SOJOURNER TRUTH (1797-1883): African-American preacher, abolitionist; spoke eloquently on woman’s rights at several conventions.

PARKER PILLSBURY (1809-1898): Abolitionist, woman’s rights supporter, long-time friend and co-worker of Susan B. Anthony; edited with Stanton The Revolution.

ISABELLA BEECHER HOOKER (1822-1907): Suffragist; organized the National Woman Suffrage Association convention in 1871; testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1872.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN BUTLER (1818-1893): Civil War soldier; Republican Congressman from Massachusetts, 1867-1875 and 1877-1879; one of the most loyal supporters of women’s rights legislation in Congress.

AARON AUGUSTUS SARGENT (1827-1887): California Congressman (1861-63, 1869-73) and Senator (1873-1879); married to Ellen Clark Sargent, a suffragist; introduced in the Senate a Constitutional amendment for woman suffrage in 1878.

OLYMPIA BROWN (1835-1926): Universalist minister; canvassed in Kansas and New York with Anthony and Stanton on behalf of suffrage referendums in 1867; active in the suffrage movement in Wisconsin; opposed merger of the suffrage organizations in 1890.

MARY LIVERMORE (1820-1905): Abolitionist, author, editor, lecturer; active in the Sanitary Commission during the Civil War; suffrage organizer in Illinois and Massachusetts; suffrage and temperance speaker.

ANNA HOWARD SHAW (1847-1919): Methodist minister, medical doctor, orator; groomed by Susan B. Anthony for leadership role in suffrage work; traveled extensively with Anthony on many suffrage campaigns; president of NAWSA 1905-1914.

RACHEL FOSTER AVERY (1858-1919): First "niece" of Susan B. Anthony; traveled to Europe with Anthony in 1883; corresponding secretary of NAWSA; managed the 1888 International Council of Women; led fight against Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s Woman’s Bible.

HARRIET TAYLOR UPTON (1853-1945): Republican political activist in Ohio, orator, editor of suffrage newspaper Progress; treasurer of NAWSA and ran its headquarters when it was located in Warren, OH.

EMMA BIDDLECOM SWEET (1862-1951): served intermittently as Susan B. Anthony’s secretary 1894-1905; traveled to California in 1896 with Anthony to help work on suffrage campaign; active in NYS Woman Suffrage Association and Rochester Political Equality Club.

MARY GARRETT HAY (1857-1928): Suffragist, temperance reformer; worked closely with Carrie Chapman Catt on several suffrage campaigns including California in 1896.

CARRIE CHAPMAN CATT (1859-1947): Anthony successor as leader of the suffrage movement; led successful 1893 suffrage campaign in Colorado; president of NAWSA 1900-1904, 1915-1920; founder of International Woman Suffrage Alliance; developed strategy for winning the vote in 1920.

IDA HUSTED HARPER (1851-1931): Historian of woman suffrage movement, journalist, co-edited with Susan B. Anthony volume 4 of History of Woman Suffrage and edited volumes 5 and 6; wrote Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony; directed press relations for NAWSA.

HARRIOT STANTON BLATCH (1856-1940): Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s daughter, suffrage leader; founded Women’s Political Union to lobby for suffrage amendment to NYS Constitution; worked through Alice Paul’s Congressional Union for federal amendment.

LUCY E. ANTHONY (1860-1944): Susan B. Anthony’s niece (daughter of Anthony’s brother Jacob Merritt Anthony); worked on several suffrage campaigns; served as Anna Howard Shaw’s secretary.

ALICE STONE BLACKWELL (1857-1950): Daughter of Lucy Stone and Henry Blackwell; edited with parents The Woman’s Journal; instrumental in the 1890 reconciliation of the two suffrage factions; served as recording secretary of the NAWSA.

CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMAN (1860-1935): Author, lecturer on themes related to women and labor, intellectual of the women’s movement; wrote Women and Economics, a manifesto for women’s economic independence and Herlands, a feminist fantasy.

ERNESTINE POTWOSKI ROSE (1810-1892): Feminist, reformer, freethinker; born in Poland; immigrated to the U.S. in 1836; campaigned for NYS Married Women’s Property Act; traveled and spoke extensively on women’s rights, abolition, and temperance; founding member of the National Woman Suffrage Association.

MATILDA JOSLYN GAGE (1826-1898): Pioneer in women's rights movement; help found National American Woman Association; co-author with Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton of the first three volumes of The History of Woman Suffrage; editor of the newspaper, The National Citizen and Ballot Box; broke with NAWSA and founded Woman’s National Liberal Union to promote her progressive religious views.

MARTHA COFFIN WRIGHT (1806-1875): Women’s rights leader, abolitionist, sister of Lucretia Mott; help plan the Seneca Falls Convention; served as officer at early woman’s rights conventions; founding member of National Woman Suffrage Association.

VIRGINIA MINOR (1824-1894): Civil War relief worker, Missouri suffrage leader; with her husband contended that women had the right to vote under the Fourteenth Amendment and took the case to the Supreme Court where it was defeated.

CLARA BEWICK COLBY (1846-1916): Suffrage organizer in Nebraska; publisher of the woman's rights newspaper Woman's Tribune, shared liberal religious opinions with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Matilda Joslyn Gage; worked for federal suffrage amendment through NAWSA and later Federal Suffrage Association.

LILLIE DEVEREUX BLAKE (1833-1913): orator, author, leader in the NYS suffrage movement; personal and tactical differences with Susan B. Anthony led to their falling out; left NAWSA to found National Legislative League.

ABIGAIL SCOTT DUNIWAY (1834-1915): Leader of suffrage movement in Oregon, author, journalist; traveled and spoke throughout western states on behalf of suffrage; published newspaper the New Northwest; became estranged from NAWSA, but continued to speak and write for suffrage.

MYRA COLBY BRADWELL (1931-1894): Lawyer, Civil War worker; publisher of Chicago Legal News; lobbied Illinois State Legislature for woman suffrage and married women’s property rights; denied admission to the Illinois bar in 1869, she took the case to the Supreme Court where it was defeated; finally admitted into practice in 1890.

PAULINA WRIGHT DAVIS (1813-1876): Abolitionist and women’s rights advocate; lectured on women’s health; organized the first National Woman’s Rights Convention that met in Wooster, MA in 1850; published the woman’s rights newspaper the Una; founding member of the National Woman Suffrage Association.

CLEMENCE SOPHIA LOZIER (1813-1888): one of the first women to receive a medical degree (Central Medical College in Rochester, 1853); lecturer on medical topics to women audiences; founder of the New York Medical College and Hospital for Women (1863); donated funds to The Revolution.

CLARINA HOWARD NICHOLS (1810-1885): Newspaper editor, lecturer; led campaign in Vermont for legislation to protect married women’s legal rights; attended early woman’s rights conventions; worked with Susan B. Anthony on the 1867 Kansas suffrage campaign.

JANE H. SPOFFORD (1828-ca 1905): Washington, DC suffragist; served as treasurer of the National Woman Suffrage Association; owned with her husband the Riggs Hotel and made its facilities available to the suffrage organization when it met in Washington.

The background on these pages was created from an image of a handkerchief that belonged to Susan B. Anthony.

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