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Extending the Vote to Women

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Stanton’s Address to the Senate...
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Stanton’s Address to the Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections

When suffrage leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton addressed a Senate committee in 1878, her speech invoked Senator Charles Sumner’s words that “Our Constitution...already secures to the humblest individual all the rights...of American citizens. But as statesmen differ in their interpretation” of the Constitution, she argued, an amendment was needed specifying women’s right to vote. Stanton was president of the National Woman Suffrage Association.

Manuscript Division, Library of Congress