national women's suffrage association

Anna Howard Shaw (1847-1919) was one of leaders of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States. She was also the first woman ordained as a minister in the Methodist church.

During her time studying at Boston University as the only female student among more than forty men in her class, she became passionate about women’s rights issues. She served as the president of the National Women Suffrage Association for 11 years, leading the campaign to provide women with the constitutional right to vote. She was the head of the Women’s Committee of the United States Council of National Defense during World War I, and received the Distinguished Service Medal for her efforts, the first woman to receive the honour.

#womensequalityday - Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) - she helped to bring the issue of women’s suffrage to the forefront of national attention and started the National Women’s Suffrage Association along with friend Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 1869. Anthony went so far as to be arrested for voting “illegally” in the 1872 presidential election. Despite arguing on her own behalf and using the recently passed 14th amendment as reasoning for her to be allowed suffrage, she lost her case and was ordered to pay a 100 dollar fine which she refused to pay and never did, much to the embarrassment of the Supreme Court. Ms. Anthony also was a strong voice in the temperance movement as well as the founder of the women’s rights journal, The Revolution.