Thursday marks the 90th anniversary of the formal adoption of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. A local celebration will be held Thursday evening to honor one of the leaders of the suffrage movement.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton helped lead the women’s rights movement, but Louisvillian Marsha Weinstein says Stanton is often overshadowed by her colleague Susan B. Anthony.
“Her contributions to philosophy, she was equal to Emerson. In terms of her contributions to political science, she was equal to Thomas Jefferson,” says co-founder of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Trust Marsha Weinstein. “Her work is really very, very important and I think if more people knew about Elizabeth and her contributions, then they would be inspired today to also want to make contributions like she did to the development of democracy in this country.”
The trust has sponsored a website celebrating Stanton’s work. The locally-designed site will debut at the celebration. The event will also include a discussion of the 19th Amendment and Kentucky’s role in the women’s suffrage movement. It will be held at the Pyro Gallery and is sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Elizabeth Cady Stanton Trust and the University of Louisville Women’s Center.