Susan B. Anthony
and the Vote
Does the story of these
womenï¿½s sacrifice touch you to the extent that the
casting of your vote on November 2 is reinforced?
The Woman Suffrage movement began in 1848 at Seneca
Falls, New York. Simultaneously, Susan B. Anthony
and Elizabeth Cady Stanton founded the National
Woman Suffrage Association, which included only
women, to oppose the 15th Amendment
because, for the first time, ï¿½citizensï¿½ were
explicitly defined as ï¿½male.ï¿½ Anthony and Stanton
provided the leadership for a national
constitutional amendment for woman suffrage.
In 1872, Susan B. Anthony cast
a test vote in Rochester, New York, claiming that
the constitution already permitted women to vote.
She said, "We appeal to the women everywhere to
exercise their too-long-neglected ï¿½citizen's right
Of course, legally they
couldn't vote, but fourteen of them did anyway.
They, too, were thrown in jail along with Anthony.
Again, we see the high cost of
women's suffrage. Anthonyï¿½s trial was, in her
words, "the greatest judicial outrage history has
ever recorded! We were convicted before we had a
hearing and the trial was a mere farce." Those
words were true because Judge Hunt simply pulled an
opinion he had written before the trial ever begun
which said, "The Fourteenth Amendment gives no right
to a woman to vote, and the voting by Miss Anthony
was in violation of the law." Therefore, Anthony
was found guilty though she refused to pay the
resulting fine, and no attempt was made to force her
to do so.
Susan B. Anthony founded a
magazine called ï¿½The Revolution,ï¿½ which reveals her
strong pro-life position. She said the sole object
of the magazine was ï¿½to educate women to do
precisely as I have done, rebel against your
man-made, unjust, unconstitutional forms of law that
tax, fine, imprison and hang women while they deny
them the right of representation in the government .
. . And I shall earnestly and persistently continue
to urge all women to the practical recognition of
the old revolutionary maxim that ï¿½resistance to
tyranny is obedience to God.ï¿½ï¿½ From 1869 until her
death in 1906, Anthony appeared before every
Congress to ask for the passage of a woman suffrage
A website that underscores
Anthonyï¿½s pro-life position is found at
She considered abortion ï¿½a monstrous crime.ï¿½ This
fact combined with her Christian faith provided
motivation for her actions, which are either unknown
or hidden by those who hold her up as a model of
Anthony spent much of her life
fighting for the right to vote. She worked
tirelessly giving speeches, petitioning Congress and
state legislatures, and publishing a magazine for
women--all for a cause that would not succeed until
1920 after Tennessee ratified the Amendment by one
vote and the Amendment was adopted fourteen years
following her death. Her life and courage provide
inspiration in the battle we now faceï¿½God will have
His way, and the church will come to honor His Word
Now, my friends,
should women, in particular,
forget in 2004 the ï¿½equity sweatï¿½ for equality
poured out by the Anthonys and Stantons along with
Lucy Burn, Dora Lewis and Alice Cosu? Were you
among the four million
evangelical of Christians who didnï¿½t vote in
2000? If you were, wonï¿½t you find a window of time
to early vote or to do so on November 2? In a
recent poll, moral issues fell below peopleï¿½s desire
to see changes in the war, jobs, the economy and
healthcare, not realizing that moral issues are at
the heart of problems in all other arenas of life.
Although a strong
Christian faith motivated most of the women who
worked for suffrage, that fact is seldom noted.
Those women believed that God was calling them to
the effort and giving them a voice in order that
unjust laws could be abolished that discriminated
against women. Also, the suffragists saw a need to
legislate against social ills. Ask yourselves the
question, ï¿½Where would they stand today?ï¿½
As Christians, we have
the opportunity to continue their work. Where do
you believe God stands on abortion, marriage, civil
unions, the freedom of the Boy Scouts to reject
homosexual leadersï¿½ What values does He want to see
in those appointed to our courts? How would He have
you vote? Your vote for character,
integrity and morality counts. Cherish and protect
it by going to the polls on November 2.
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contains a collection of her papers.
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Ourselves Alone,ï¿½ a PBS production on Susan B.
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women who persevered until women in the US won the
right to vote. The protest above resulted in the
arrest of those whose story is told below.
Although we do not know who was responsible for the
following article, we appreciate the fact that it
has been spreading across the internet. We applaud
the efforts of everyone who has been forwarding it
women were innocent and defenseless. And by the end
of the night, they were barely alive. Forty prison
guards wielding clubs with
their warden's blessing went on a rampage against
the 33 women
wrongly convicted of "obstructing sidewalk traffic."
They beat Lucy Burn, chained her hands to the cell
bars above her head and left her hanging for the
night, bleeding and gasping for air. They hurled
Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head
against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her
cellmate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and
suffered a heart attack.
Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing,
dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching,
twisting and kicking the women.
Thus unfolded the "Night of Terror" on Nov. 15,
1917, when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in
Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the
suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to
picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right to
For weeks, the women's only water came from an open
pail. Their food--all of it colorless
slop--was infested with worms. When one of the
leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike,
they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her
throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited.
She was tortured like this for weeks until word was
smuggled out to the press.
So, refresh my memory. Some women won't vote this
year because--why, exactly? We have carpool duties?
We have to get to work? Our vote doesn't matter?
Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening
of HBO's new movie "Iron Jawed Angels." It is a
graphic depiction of the battle these women waged so
that I could pull the curtain at the polling booth
and have my say. I am ashamed to say I needed the
All these years later, voter registration is still
my passion. But the actual act of voting had become
less personal for me, more rote. Frankly, voting
often felt more like an obligation than a
privilege. Sometimes it was inconvenient.
A friend, who is my age and studied women's history,
saw the HBO movie, too. "One thought kept coming
back to me as I watched that movie," she said.
"What would those women think of the way I use--or
don't use--my right to vote? All of us take it for
granted now, not just younger women, but those of us
who did seek to learn." The right to vote, she
said, had become valuable to her "all over again."
HBO will run the movie periodically before releasing
it on video and DVD. I wish all history, social
studies and government teachers would include the
movie in their curriculum. I think a little shock
therapy is in order.
It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his
cronies try to persuade a psychiatrist to declare
Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently
institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the
doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and
brave. That didn't make her crazy. The doctor
admonished the men:
"Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity."
on the Web?
We want to call your
attention to some outstanding new articles
that have recently been put up on the website. You
can always find the latest by clicking on ï¿½Whatï¿½s
Newï¿½ found at the top of each page.
The Badge of Guilt and Shame
Katharine Bushnell Another rare booklet by
Bushnell. This one takes on the head covering
dialog from 1 Corinthians 11. Bushnell contends
that the church must not teach one thing and do
another but must prove the scripture. She says, "Therefore,
a fresh deeper investigation into the Apostleï¿½s
utterances is urgently needed, ... that the church
may conserve its own interests while at the same
time maintaining a consistent course of conduct.
The church must give no uncertain sound in both
example and teaching and in its proclamation of the
Word of God as supreme in authority."
Two excellent articles from
the book of Judges!
The Silence That Shouts
Walford. This article challenges the traditional
view that God is noncommittal and neutral about the
atrocities against women in the book of Judges. It
is the best we've ever read on the whole scenario.
Did Jepthah Kill His Daughter
for a Burnt Offering or Not?
by Francine Erre.
The debate continues
as to whether or not Jephthah sacrificed his
daughter as a burnt offering. Since even Bible
scholars are divided on the question, it is hard to
find the answer. This article lays out the facts and
let's you make up your own mind. Excellent and
The Son Re-expressing the
Father's Heart Towards Women
Alei is Chapter 7 of her book From Bondage to
Jesus continually broke
with the traditions, religious law and attitudes of
the time regarding women. Here
we see how He continually affirmed women, honoring
and encouraging them in
their faith, giving them dignity, equality, value
and lifting them up to men as positive examples.
After reading this chapter, you may want to order
the whole book. To do so,
Holy America , Phoebe!
Chris Armstrong. It swept
across church lines, transforming America's urban
landscape with its rescue missions and storefront
churches. Yet today, the "holiness movement" and its
charismatic woman leader are all but forgotten. This
article on Phoebe Palmer is found on Christianity
Today's website and is well worth your time.
A second article,
Phoebe Palmer and the Holiness Revival,
appeared the following week.