The National Woman Suffrage Association: Susan B. Anthony And Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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The National Woman Suffrage Association also known as the NWSA, was founded in 1869 by two women named Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. This association was founded for the sole purpose of allowing women to have more rights, such as voting. The association, on numerous occasions, would begin public debates on many issues including marriage and divorce. By the time the NWSA had reunited with its’ sister foundation, The American Woman Suffrage Association in 1890, the group of women had expanded its ranks to a very large number. (Encyclopedia Britannica Online).
The founder of the NWSA, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, was born on November 12, 1815 in Johnstown, New York. Elizabeth started off her life a daughter of a lawyer who had always
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Anthony, was born on February 15, 1820, in Adams, Massachusetts to a Quaker family. Susan was the second oldest of eight children to a cotton mill owner and his wife, only six of which made it to adulthood (Bio.com). Later in her life, Susan’s father’s business failed so she returned home to help her family get back on their feet, where she found work as a teacher. In the mid 1840s, Susan and her family packed up and moved to Rochester, New York, where they got involved in a fight to end slavery. After being the head of an academy called Canajoharie Academy for two years, Susan devoted her life to social issues. In the early 1850s, Susan met Elizabeth Cady Stanton at an anti slavery conference …show more content…
As these two women joined forces, they divided their jobs between themselves, Stanton did most of the writing while Anthony managed the business affairs of the women’s rights movement. Anna Howard Shaw, who was another suffragist, wrote about the two women dividing the work in The Story of a Pioneer. S said, "She [Miss Anthony] often said that Mrs. Stanton was the brains of the new association, while she herself was merely its hands and feet; but in truth the two women worked marvelously together, for Mrs. Stanton was a master of words and could write and speak to perfection of the things Susan B. Anthony saw and felt but could not herself express.” (americaslibrary.gov). Together these two women worked until they had edited and published a woman’s newspaper, the Revolution, whose motto would be “Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less!” In 1869, Stanton and Anthony formed the National Woman Suffrage Association, starting at this time they would begin traveling all around the world, being advocates for women’s rights. In 1870, black men were granted the right to vote by the 15th amendment, this would make the NWSA refuse to work for its ratification and change its goal to advocate a 16th amendment which would dictate universal suffrage (Education &

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