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The Beecher Sisters$
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Barbara A. White

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300099270

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300099270.001.0001

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The Board of Lady Managers, 1888–1893

The Board of Lady Managers, 1888–1893

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The Beecher Sisters

Barbara A. White

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the management of women's conferences by the Beecher sisters. Isabella's speech at women's conferences summarizes the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) position of the early 1870s, in which the Constitution, properly interpreted, guarantees women the right to vote. Isabella does not rely solely on the Fourteenth Amendment here but analyzes the preamble and several articles of the Constitution in addition. She was eminently qualified to do this. One of the advantages of having been an anti-slavery crusader was that Abolitionists had to practically memorize the Constitution. Isabella's basic method in the speech is to identify references to the people and argue that the people include women. The Equal Rights Club presented Isabella with a bride's loaf in recognition of her being President of the Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association since 1869.

Keywords:   Beecher sisters, Isabella Beecher, NWSA, right to vote, Equal Rights Club

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