During the run-up to the first Michigan referendum on women’s suffrage in 1874,
pioneers Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony spoke in towns all across West Michigan--information that GGRWHC has been eager to share regionwide! The votes of men in rural areas were just as crucial as those in the cities. Today historical plaques and other testimonials verify their early visits.
At previous presentations, Stevens’s audience has included the great grandchildren of suffragists with plenty of local stories. So Q&A on Tuesday could be rich in itself!
In 1879, for one example, Anthony spoke at Saugatuck’s Odd Fellows Hall and was hosted by residents of the current Park House Inn.
During the decades after the failure of the 1874 bill, Susan B. Anthony was in Michigan steadily, and her ideas had a lasting an impact on the area. Her personal friendships culminated in the 1899 meeting in Grand Rapids of the entire national movement. [For more on this, see GGRWHC’s new digital exhibit at