Susan B. Anthony was born on February 15, 1820. This year-long blog celebrates not only her 200th birthday,
but also her work, life, and the progress toward universal woman's suffrage as well as the 100th anniversary
of the year-long effort to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment.

During this year I will be adding stories from my imagined kitchen conversations with Susan B. Anthony and recipes from her era.
I am beginning this week because on June 4, 1919, women were one step closer to getting the vote when the United States Congress
passed the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution. Just over a year later, on August 18, 1920, Tennessee was the 36th state to ratify,
thus achieving passage by the required three-fourths of the nation's then 48 states states.
By 1984 all of the states that had been in the union at the time had finally ratified the amendment.

As essays are added, I'll mark them as "POSTED" on this Overview page and provide a link through for the stories and recipes of this year of celebration.

RECIPE for Susan B. Anthony's favorite kind of Old Fashioned Sponge Cake is at the bottom of this post. Scroll down to find the easy-to-make recipe.

Monday, May 13, 2019

From a Purse of Her Own: How Susan Paid for the Work and Progress

Posting August 2020  PREVIEW:

How did you support yourself and the movement?

At first, when I was working for temperance, my parents supported my work. I really didn’t know that much about financing. Shortly, I had to become self-sufficient. We charged admission for each speech, and I learned to keep meticulous records.  The other ladies in the leadership came to call me “Napoleon” for my ability to run successful campaigns.

We managed on a shoestring.  Over the years, benefactors provided additional funds often just when they were needed for major projects. I had managed my own way pretty much, but it was through the kindness friends that I was able to spend my final years in relative comfort. Unbeknownst to me, they collected enough funds to establish an account that would pay me $800 a year. Such generosity!

RECIPE: To be selected

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