On March 31st, 1888 Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Julia Ward Howe and Sojourner Truth, among others organize The National Council of Women of the U.S. The oldest American non-sectarian women’s organization.
Susan Brownell Anthony born February 15, 1820, was an American social reformer and women’s rights activist who played a strong role in the women’s suffrage movement. Born into a Quaker, family committed to social equality, she collected anti-slavery petitions at the young age of 17. In 1856, she became the New York state agent for the American Anti-Slavery Society.
Sojourner Truth, born Isabella Baumfree on and unknown month and day, but year 1797 was an anti-slavery abolitionist and women’s right activist. Truth was born into slavery in New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. Her best-known speech was delivered in 1851, at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio.
Clara Barton born December 25, 1821. Clara Barton became an educator in 1838 for 12 years in schools in Canada and West Georgia. Clara gave a beautiful Women’s Suffrage Speech, time and date is unknown.
Julia Ward Howe was born on May 27, 1819, in New York City. She became a writer, publishing several books and also working on the abolitionist newspaper The Commonwealth with her husband Samuel. She helped to establish the New England Woman Suffrage Association in 1868 and later worked with the American Woman Suffrage Association and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs International.
Today, we can all thank these women for everything they have done, and all of the progress they have made.