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impassioned plea, the motion passed. This outrage gave me no pause, however, and in 1898, I added a second volume. In the same year, I published my autobiography, Eighty Years and More(1898), and I continued to write on broad topics for newspapers and magazines. While the NAWSA concentrated with increasing exclusivity on suffrage, I remembered that the original movement had included far more than suffrage- and that it was I who had to fight for the addition of suffrage on the agenda. As I aged, my writing focused more on issues that directly concerned women’s personal lives, particularly dress reform, divorce, and the damaging influence of religious and educational systems on the female population. In June of 1902, Susan Anthony spent a week in my home and she found me almost

blind, but still alert. A few months later, on October 26, 1902, I died quietly at the age of eighty three. The Nineteenth Amendment, allowing 26 million American women the right to vote, became the law of the land on August 18, 1920. Unfortunately, Elizabeth Cady Stanton did not live long enough to vote freely. Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s writings, her speeches, her enthusiasm and her life provide inspiration for generations of American feminists, even to the present day. I think that Elizabeth, were she here today, would be pleased to see her work was not in vain. And that the revolution she and other ladies of Seneca Falls began that hot July day in 1848 did not end 76 years ago when women acquired suffrage. And that her life still inspires new genrations of young women. If it

were possible for me to meet with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, I would be delighted to take part in that opportunity. Stanton’s spirit lives on today whenever and wherever American women use their voices and their votes to proclaim equality. Works CitedFaber, Doris. Oh Lizzie! The Life of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. New York: Lothrop, Lee, and Shepard Company, 1972.Franck, Irene and David Brownstone. Women’s World: A Timeline of Women in History. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1995.Rossi, Alice S. The Feminist Papers: From Adams to deBeauvoir. New York: Columbia University Press, 1973.Weatherford, Doris. American Women’s History.