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Petition for Universal Suffrage (1865)


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Petition for Universal Suffrage, 1865

credit: Records of the U.S. Senate, National Archives

In 1865, using strategies they had honed in the fight for the abolition of slavery, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and others organized a petition campaign, collecting signatures to send to members of Congress in support of suffrage for women. “The undersigned, Women of the United States, respectfully ask an amendment of the Constitution that shall prohibit the several States from disfranchising any of their citizens on the ground of sex.” Anthony and Stanton’s effort paid off, and woman suffrage petitions flowed into Congress during the winter of 1866.