WOODLAWN COMMEMORATES WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE
The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, guaranteeing all American women the right to vote, was passed by Congress June 4, 1919 and ratified on August 18, 1920 and formally adopted on August 26, 1920. Achieving this objective was a lengthy and difficult struggle; victory took decades of campaigning and protest. Beginning in the mid-19th century, several generations of woman suffrage supporters such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton lectured, wrote, marched, lobbied, and practiced civil disobedience to achieve what many Americans considered a radical change to the Constitution.
Few early supporters lived to see final victory in 1920. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, chose Woodlawn as her final resting place. Like many important and distinguished people of her time, great care was taken when decisions were being made regarding the burial of their loved ones. This was no less true when Ms. Cady Stanton’s husband died in 1887 and they came to Woodlawn. Their lives together were rooted in the important movements of their day and with the critical political and social issues in the years following the American Civil War.