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Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony

This morning I found an email from Molly Murphy MacGregor, Executive Director and Cofounder of the National Women’s History Project ( asking for a description of my “wonderful book”--Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship that Changed the World. After sending it to her, I thought I should also post it here, along with two quotes that are on the back cover:

“Failure is impossible.” Susan B. Anthony

In the Spring of 1851 two women met on a street corner in Seneca Falls, New York—Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a thirty-five year old mother of four boys, and Susan B. Anthony, a thirty-one year old, unmarried, former school teacher. Immediately drawn to each other, they formed an everlasting and legendary friendship. Together they challenged entrenched beliefs, customs, and laws that oppressed women and spearheaded the fight to gain legal rights, including the right to vote despite fierce opposition, daunting conditions, scandalous entanglements and betrayal by their friends and allies. Weaving events, quotations, personalities, and commentary into a page-turning narrative, Penny Colman tells this compelling story and vividly portrays the friendship between Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, a friendship that changed history.

“It is fifty-one years since we first met and we have been busy through every one of them, stirring up the world to recognize the rights of women.”

Susan B. Anthony

“Nothing that Susan could say or do could break my friendship with her, and I know nothing could uproot her affection for me.”

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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