Today we consider the bond of women…as it was in March of 1851, that Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton met on a street corner in Seneca Falls, New York. They had known of each other, as it was 1848 when Anthony traveled to an antislavery meeting in Seneca Falls – and Stanton had organized the first national woman’s rights convention there. Friends for years to come, Anthony was inspired by Stanton’s vision for advancing women, and Anthony had the organization skills. And while their dreams would wait to take flight until after the Civil War, it was these women who launched a national woman’s suffrage movement. Stanton served as founder of the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1869 and president of the organization from (1869–90). She was also president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (1890–92) (the organization took shape after the merging of the National Woman Suffrage Association – or NWSA - and the American Woman Suffrage Association – the AWSA). Anthony took over as president of the NAWSA for four years in 1892.When Stanton’s health failed and her political leanings pushed her away from the movement in her later years, Anthony remained on the front lines and it was their mutual passion for equality that ultimately saw the 19th Amendment’s adoption in 1920.
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