It was on this date in 1869 that Elizabeth Cady Stanton (books by this author) and Susan B. Anthony formed the National Woman Suffrage Association. The 15th Amendment was being considered, granting voting rights to African-American men, but not to women. The women’s suffrage movement was divided over whether to support the bill. One faction felt that any advancement in civil rights would eventually help women. But the other faction, led by Stanton and Anthony, opposed giving these rights to another group of men who, they felt, would then have no further interest in advancing the cause of women. They split from the American Equal Rights Association, forming their own national organization to be run by women.
Stanton and Anthony worked together for 50 years, and they made a good team. Anthony never married, so she was free to devote her life to the women’s movement. Stanton wasn’t free to travel for many years. She stayed home, raised the kids, did the research, and wrote the speeches that Anthony delivered.
Stanton once said, “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.”