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My Start Story Celebrates: Suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton

By: Start TV Staff     Posted: July 30, 2020, 12:06PM

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) played an integral role in the suffrage movement. Elizabeth's great-great-granddaughter, Coline Jenkins, shares her contributions to the Suffrage Movement. 

In 1848, she called for a women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls, NY, where she demanded women be given equal rights- including the right to vote. She co-wrote the Declaration of Sentiments, a Declaration of Independence for women.

After meeting Susan B. Anthony, the two collaborated on the suffrage movement by forming the National Woman Suffrage Association which eventually became the National American Woman’s Suffrage Association. An expert orator and prolific writer, Stanton died 18 years before the 19th amendment was ratified, but is regarded as one of the pioneer’s of the women’s suffrage movement.


About the Narrator:
COLINE JENKINS
Great-great-granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton

As the great-great-granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Coline Jenkins happily accepts the women's movement baton that has been passed from generation to generation. She currently sits on the board for Monumental Women which will unveil a female statue of 3 important suffragists- including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, in NYC's Central Park in August 2020. The statue will commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the 19th Amendment and celebrate the history of women’s achievement.

Jenkins is also fighting to get the ERA Amendment passed which will guarantee equal legal rights to all citizens regardless of sex. About her great-great-grandmother, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Jenkins says, “She taught me the way. I know I stand on her shoulders and want to be the shoulders for future generations to stand on.”

Follow along throughout the month of August with our timeline of the Suffrage Movement as we celebrate 100 years of women's right to vote.

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