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Elizabeth Cady Stanton Visits Phelps Mansion

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Suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton talked about her life and times at the Phelps Mansion in Binghamton this Saturday. Stanton, portrayed by Dr. Melinda Grube of Cayuga Community College, discussed her struggles with the suffrage movement and answered questions.

Grube described Stanton’s involvement in the famous Seneca Falls Convention where she organized women’s rights activists and delivered an impassioned speech about suffrage.

The forum was hosted by the League of Women Voters, a century old organization that helps makes voting accessible to men and women of all backgrounds. Board member Gay Canough said the history lesson was an important one.

“Women went through a lot of effort to get that right to vote. We want to know that history, especially young people to know how much effort went into that so that they don’t take for granted the right to vote.” - Gay Canough, League of Women Voters

Among those attending the history lesson were Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and the Endwell Troop of Girl Scouts. Canough said the League has continued Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s work well into the twentieth century.

“The League is still promoting voting. They’re doing outreach and education for the voters, they’re registering people to vote. We don’t just help women, we help everybody.” - Gay Canough, League of Women Voters