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Who’s your pick?

Here Are 7 Redesigns Of The $20 Bill That Honor Women

“If you could choose any historical woman to be on the $20 bill, who would it be?

A nonprofit campaign called Women on 20s, seeks to put the face of a woman on the $20 bill by 2020, the 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment, which granted the right to vote to women in the United States. After conducting a survey of a 100 people, around two dozen of whom were historians and experts in women’s history, the campaign has landed on 15 potential candidates: Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Rachel Carson, Shirley Chisholm, Betty Friedan, Barbara Jordan, Patsy Mink, Rosa Parks, Alice Paul, Frances Perkins, Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Sanger, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman.

"We chose historical figures who had really changed the lives of many people and we also took into account the challenges they faced getting there,” Women on 20s Executive Director Susan Ades Stone told The Huffington Post. She added that while the campaign hopes to create a popular movement, any official redesigns will ultimately be up to the U.S. Treasury.

People can visit the campaign’s website to vote for the woman they think should replace Andrew Jackson on the 20.“

See all 7 designs here

November 12, 1815: Elizabeth Cady Stanton is Born

On this day in 1815, abolitionist and women’s rights leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born in Johnstown, New York. As the daughter of a prominent judge, Stanton would grow up to lead the suffrage movement that created basic social and politics rights for women nationwide.

In November 1920, over eight million women voted for the first time after the 19th Amendment was passed, as a result of efforts led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.

Take a closer look at the deep friendship and lives of both women with Ken Burns’s “Not for Ourselves Alone” interactive guide.

Photo: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, seated, and Susan B. Anthony between 1880 and 1902 (Library of Congress).

“Woman’s degradation is in mans idea of his sexual rights. Our religion, laws, customs, are all founded on the belief that woman was made for man.” 

- Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American social activist, abolitionist, and leading figure of the early women’s rights movement 

Sistergrrl nails: 10 American feminists. Thanks, women’s studies minor. (Top, L-R: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Margaret Sanger, Amelia Earhart, Betty Friedan. Bottom, L-R: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Audre Lorde, Gloria Steinem, Angela Davis, Gloria Anzaldúa.)

July 19, 1848: The Seneca Falls Convention Begins

On this day in 1848, more than 300 men and women assembled in Seneca Falls, New York, for the nation’s first women’s rights convention. Convention organizers, Lucreita Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, spearheaded the two day convention. At the gathering, Stanton presented their Declaration of Rights and Sentiments, a document she composed.  The Declaration and its 11 resolutions demanded social and political equality for all women, including the most controversial claim, the right to vote.  

As a result, the women’s suffrage movement was born. In the coming years, the movement began to gain steam throughout the United States.  

Learn more about the Seneca Falls Convention at Ken Burns’s site Not For Ourselves Alone.

Photo: Our roll of honor, signatures to the “Declaration of Sentiments” 1848. (Library of Congress)


November 12th 1815: Elizabeth Cady Stanton born

On this day in 1815, the American feminist Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born in Johnstown, New York. Stanton had a long history as a member of the reform movement, championing the cause of abolitionism and women’s rights. She married a fellow reformer in 1840 (omitting the promise to ‘obey’ from her marriage oath) and the couple spent their honeymoon at the World’s Anti-Slavery Convention in London; they went on to have seven children. In 1848 Stanton and a group of several other feminists held the famous Seneca Falls Convention where the 'Declaration of Sentiments’ - an influential treatise on women’s rights - was issued. Stanton worked closely with other prominent feminists of her time, including Susan B. Anthony, and the two formed the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1869 (with Stanton serving as its first president). She held many views that were remarkably radical for her time, including her critique of organised religion and the Bible as instruments that oppress women. Feminists split from wider reform movements in the 1860s after the post-Civil War civil rights amendments failed to include women while they protected recently freed African-American slaves. Her activism continued throughout the Civil War and Reconstruction period, with Stanton leading a protest against the lack of inclusion of women at the 1876 national Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. After living a life dedicated to reform and improving the lives of women everywhere, Elizabeth Cady Stanton died in New York on October 26th, 1902 aged 86 - she died almost 20 years before her dream of female suffrage was granted in the United States.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men and women are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”
extract from the Declaration of Sentiments

November 12, 1815: Elizabeth Cady Stanton is Born

On this day in 1815, abolitionist and women’s rights leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born in Johnstown, New York.

In the early 1850s, Stanton and Susan B. Anthony developed a deep friendship and common goal to change women’s rights.  During the Civil War, Stanton and Anthony formed the Women’s Loyal National League, the first national women’s political organization.

For more on these exceptional women, dive deep into Ken Burns’s interactive guide of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.

Photo: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, seated, and Susan B. Anthony between 1880 and 1902. Library of Congress


We ask you to sign and circulate this petition for the entire abolition of Slavery. We have now one hundred thousand signatures, but we want a million before Congress adjourns. Remember the President’s Proclamation reaches only the Slaves of Rebels. The jails of LOYAL Kentucky are to-day "crammed” with Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama slaves, advertised to be sold for their jail fees “according to LAW,” precisely as before the war!!! While slavery exists anywhere there can be freedom nowhere.“

"To the Women of the Republic,” Address from the Women’s Loyal National League supporting the abolition of slavery, 01/25/1864

From the Records of the U.S. Senate

Although the Emancipation Proclamation had been issued one year earlier, it applied only to slaves in rebel states.  Slaves held in states still in the Union were unaffected.  Slavery would not be completely abolished until ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment on December 6, 1865.

(Note: A full transcription of this document is available at Wikisource.)


Wonderful Books on Women I Read This Year (1/5)

  1. Feminism: The Essential Historical Writings by Miriam Schneir
     A great collection of early feminist writings. It’s the first of two books, this one starts with Abigail Adams and goes to about World War II. It’s amazing (and terrifying) to see how relevant most of the material still is. If you the quotes we post, a lot came from the writings in this book.
  2. The Woman’s Bible: A Classic Feminist Perspective by Elizabeth Cady Stanton
    Stanton wrecked havoc in the suffrage movement wit her analysis of how the Bible was used to put down women. Not very surprising, but a big deal for a woman to publish in 1895. The language is dated by the content is still good.
  3. The Grounding of Modern Feminism by Nancy F. CottMy thesis adviser recommended this as a good foundation on the early American women’s movements (particularly suffrage period) and I would agree.
  4. Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism: A Woman’s Crusade by Donald T. Critchlow
    Recognize the name? Michele Bachmann recently released a video toting Phyllis Schlafly as her heroine and credited her with ending the Cold War. Schlafly intrigues me because she pushes “traditional  family values” despite the fact that she herself doesn’t really follow them. Whether or not you agree with her politics, she is an amazingly hardworking and interesting woman. This is the closest thing there is to an impartial bio on her. It focuses just as much on the politics of the day as on her but the only other work on her is authorized and biased.