“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal.” Penned by Elizabeth Cady Stanton at Seneca Falls, the Declaration of Sentiments paved the way for first organized women’s rights and women’s suffrage movement in the United States. Stanton, one of the most prominent of the American suffragists, fought to secure equal rights for women, including the right to vote. Read more about it!
The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.
The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.
|October 24, 1850||National Women’s Right Convention at Worcester, Mass. Letter from Elizabeth Stanton (dated October 20) read at the convention.|
|May 31, 1872||Portland newspaper reports “split” in the National Woman’s Suffrage movement: “Mrs. Woodhull on the one side, and Mrs. Stanton on the other.”|
|January 1885||Newspaper reports that Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton reprimand Howard University President following Washington, D.C., sermon.|
|December 16, 1885||South Carolina newspaper lauds women suffragettes in tribute to Elizabeth Stanton’s seventieth birthday. 1890. Two national woman suffrage associations merge at twenty-second annual meeting.|
|January 1893||Wichita newspaper reports on twenty-fifth annual woman’s suffrage convention.|
|November 1895||Elizabeth Stanton honored at eightieth birthday.|
|November 1902||Newspapers comment on Elizabeth Stanton following her death.|