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

Mrs. Beecher Against the Woman's Right's Movement

Posting July 2020  PREVIEW

Did every woman support the suffrage cause?

Not every woman was in favor of suffrage. Catherine Beecher, sister of Harriet Beecher Stowe and a standard-setter for American domestic life, was opposed. She, and others like her, thought the gift of the ballot was not a privilege conferred but an act of oppression, forcing women to assume responsibilities belonging to men, for which females were not and could not be qualified. Consequently, having the vote would withdraw attention and interest from the distinctive and more important homemaking duties of their sex.

I thought otherwise. “I do pray, and that earnestly and constantly, for some terrific shock to startle the women of this nation into a self-respect which will compel them to see the abject degradation of their present position; which will force them to break their yoke of bondage, and give them faith in themselves.” 

RECIPE: Pickle Relish from Mrs. Beecher's homemaking cookbook

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