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Women's Suffrage Movement in Fulton

Fulton Journal
March 19, 1880

Mrs. Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s Lecture

The Baptist church was well filled on Friday evening of last week to hear the lecture of Mrs. Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The subject announced was, “What Home Life consists of,” but upon consultation she decided to substitute her deservedly popular lecture, “Our Girls.” At the appointed hour Mrs. Stanton was introduced by Mrs. George Terwilliger, and for over two hours held the closest attention of her hearers. She is a lady of imposing presence, a fluent, graceful speaker, mingling argument, advice, invective, appeal and humor with the hand of a master, and all without oratorical effort or ostentatious display. The great trouble we think with most of our female speakers, is, that they speak in an unnatural tone, and gesture and act as though they were upon the stage instead of in a lecture room. Not so with Elizabeth Cady Stanton. She both speaks and acts in a perfectly natural manner, much to the delight and we may add benefit of her audience. It will be impossible for us to give anything like a fair sketch of her admirable lecture on Friday evening. Such lectures need to be heard to be fully appreciated. We wish that every parent in Fulton who has growing daughters could have been present and heard the excellent advice given in relation to the education, mode of dress, manners, and occupations of girls, and to their rights as citizens also. Mrs. Stanton holds that girls should be allowed the privileges of our Colleges, and other higher institutions of learning equally with the boys, that they should be permitted to enter the trades and professions upon equally as favorable auspices as the boys, and mentioned a number of instances where this has been done that the girls have far outranked the boys in scholarship, and in proficiency in business life. Women should no longer be looked upon as the drudge or the plaything of man, but as a human being equal to himself in intellect, in force of character and business capacity. In matters of dress and manners her remarks were pointed and reasonable, and cannot fail of having a powerful effect in aiding the abolishment of the present unhealthy mode of female dressing, and in inaugurating a more rational system of manners. The last of her lecture was devoted to what we have long been accustomed to term “Woman’s Rights,” but her arguments in behalf of her sex being entitled to the elective franchise as citizens the same as other citizens; entitled to representation because they are subject to taxation, and entitled to stand equal with man in all the affairs and business of life, were so clearly, forcibly and kindly put that the results of allowing these rights were robbed of the terrors which the great mass of people have thrown around them. But few of the large audience went away we think without being convinced that she was pretty nearly right. The lecture as a whole will be long remembered. In this connection it is but proper for us to say that the people of Fulton are greatly indebted to Mr. Leslie Williams for the privilege of hearing this winter two of our most celebrated lecturers, Mr. Geo. R. Wendling and Mrs. Elizabeth Cady Stanton. That this privilege has been appreciated we can fully attest.

April 2, 1880: Fulton Journal

Miss Susan B. Anthony, the distinguished lecturer, will be in Fulton on May 17. The bare statement that she will be here will be sufficient to attract a large audience. Miss Anthony has devoted her life, in spite of jibes and sneers—the reproaches of the press, and the revilings of would be moralists—to one great object. None doubt her sincerity, none dare deny the power of her reasoning and her rare gifts of oratory. Her subject at this place will be, “Woman wants Bread and Not the Ballot.”

May 14, 1880: Fulton Journal

Everybody knows that Susan B. Anthony will deliver her great lecture “Woman wants Bread, and not the Ballot,” at Music Hall on next Monday evening, the 17th, but we cannot help announcing it once more. If any one has not secured a seat as yet, it will be well to go at once to Williams City Drug Store, and get a ticket.

June 4, 1880: Fulton Journal

A large list of names of ladies of this city was secured to a petition in favor of Woman’s Suffrage on Monday and Tuesday and on Wednesday afternoon sent to the Woman’s National Suffrage Committee in Chicago.

FULTON, ILL June 1880
Chicago Historical Museum

We the undersigned believing in the justice of the proposed measure of the N.W. S.A. for procuring the enfranchisement of women pledge ourselves to aid by our voice and means in attaining that end.

Mrs. Hearmuthis A.Hudson
Mrs. Susan Starckman
Miss Annie E. Snyder
Mrs. Elizabeth Parker
Mrs. Anna Williams
Mrs. B.A. Conger
Mrs. Sarah Powell
Miss Nellie E. James
Mrs. Sarah Fredericks
Mrs. May Whitemore
Mrs. Laura Sutherland
Mary E.L. Herrold
Hannah Lusk
C. Broadhead
Mrs. B. Wallace
Mrs. Hattie Hudson
Mrs. Adie Chaptman
Mrs. Jennie Rofs
Mrs. J.P. Jacobs
Mrs. E.W. Gerrish
Mrs. E.J. Hotern
Mrs. M.B. Terwilliger
Mrs. L. Lusk
Mrs. E. Summers
Mrs. W. Culbertson
Mrs. A Hall
Mrs. B Smith
Mrs. Wm. Gay
Mrs. M Loyas
Mrs. J. Bryning
Mrs. C Eckert
Mrs. G. Bevens
Mrs. G. Hall
Mrs. E Southerson
Mrs. H. Morgan
Mrs. Emma Puffer
Mrs. Myra Wythe
Miss Anna Wythe
Miss Sarah Wythe
Miss Mate Green
Mrs. Elisabeth Robinson
Mrs. Eleanor Myers
Miss Florence Myers
Miss Aggie Myers
Mrs. L.N. Reed
Miss Lizzie Baker
Emma H. Reed
Mrs. M.E. Mitchell
Miss C. Eddy
Mrs. Luisa Holmes
Mrs. R.L. Jenks
Mrs Robinson
Miss E. Marcelus
Mrs. G. Jones
Mrs. M. Downey
Mrs. E. Marsh
Mrs. J.P. Legim
Mrs. N. Butchern
Miss Sims
Mrs. N. Roberts
Miss R. Langford
Mrs. J.C. Snyder
Mrs. E. Smith
Mrs. Bryning
Mrs. Barrett
Mrs. Alice Mercereau
Mrs. Georgie Terwilliger
Mrs. Mary Loudrin age 83
Mrs. H C Fellows