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The Rest of the Story of the Suffrage Movement

  • Saratoga Springs Public Library 49 Henry Street Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866 United States (map)

Join Sally Roesch Wagner, author and Executive Director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Center for Social Justice, for a talk about the history of suffrage.

"I am sick of the song of suffrage”, Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote to Matilda Joslyn Gage in the 1880’s. Gage concurred. These two women had begun to think differently than Susan B. Anthony, their co-leader of the National Woman Suffrage Association, who believed the movement should concentrate on getting women the vote. We already have that right, Gage contended.

In a system based on the consent of the governed, the government just needs to protect our right to exercise citizenship, not “give” it to us.

We need to look at the larger issues, Stanton and Gage agreed. Those issues were: creating a system of cooperation, not competition; ensuring that every child born was wanted and women were the “absolute sovereigns” of their bodies; rebalancing economic disparity while gaining equal pay for women and demanding a “true” religion, one that fostered freedom and equality for all.

Book signing at end of talk for Sally Roesch Wagner’s new book, The Women's Suffrage Movement.