The ‘NY Times’ Reports on Stanton’s Speech, 1860

On this date in 1860, Elizabeth Cady Stanton appeared before the New York House Judiciary Committee to stump for women’s suffrage, the activists’ life-long mission. Here, via Washington DC’s Evening Star, is the contemporary New York Times‘ dubious report on Stanton’s appearance:

“Last evening, or yesterday afternoon, Mrs. Stanton spoke for two hours in advocacy of [women’s suffrage] before the House Judiciary Committee, and an audience that filled the Assembly Chamber as I never saw it filled, except when Seward was elected Senator in ’55. Then it was jammed — yesterday it was simply full.

Mrs. Stanton talked forcibly — it is needless for me to say that she talked earnestly of woman’s sufferings, sweetly of her endurance, eloquently of her rights. When she talked of her property, of her rights to be released from the bondage of an ill-assorted marriage, she was listened to with marked favor. She pleaded these demands with the feelings of a true woman, and she carried the conviction that she was no asking more than policy as well as justice demanded should be conceded.

When she claimed that her voice should be heard on the hustings, and her vote be received at the ballot-box, she was earnest, and eloquent, and plausible, but she must have felt that she was not convincing her audience — and she did not.”

Indeed: New York didn’t give women the right to vote until 1917 a mere three years before suffrage passed nationwide. Wyoming, by the way, was the first U.S. place to give women the vote: in 1869, when the future state was still a territory and when the measure was originally proposed as a joke. Women got the last laugh with that one!

Found in the LOC: 29 Pics of Female Machinists, ’41-43

Earlier this month, I posted an incredible image of a woman working on B-25 bomber during World War II. That was just one of hundreds such images taken by Office of War Information photographer Alfred T. Palmer, though only a few dozen are color.

Here are 29 of those colorized images, some taken in Long Beach, others in Akron and others in Nashville, all between 1941 and 1943, and all showing how integral women were to the war effort: A quarter of the female population was working either on the home front or as part of the armed services during those years, only to be sent back to the kitchen when the men folk returned. It was an injustice, to be sure, but helped set the stage for the women’s rights movement in the decades ahead.

[That said, had men of that era really respected and appreciated women’s efforts in the war years and kept them on, perhaps the women’s rights movement wouldn’t have been necessary….]

Anyway, check out 28other great images after the jump. I’ve kept commentary to a minimum, but I must say some of the outfits here deserved a shout out. To some, commenting on women’s clothing may seem sexist, but what can I say? I’m a fan of fashion.

Above, a woman working on “Vengeance” dive bomber in Tennessee, 1943.

[And for more Found in the LOC, click here.]

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