December 5 ~  Divine Floods of Light Eighty Years and More

"The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls."  ~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Elizabeth Cady Stanton A woman unafraid to speak the truth, woman suffragist and feminist leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902)  was born in Johnstown, New York. The daughter of a judge, she was unlike most girls of her time, studying Greek, Latin, and mathematics.

"Because man and woman are the complement of one another, we need woman's thought in national affairs to make a safe and stable government," she said and co-wrote a Declaration of Sentiments, a paraphrased version of the Declaration of Independence for women.

"Woman will always be dependent until she holds a purse of her own," she wrote. 

An 1851 meeting with Susan B. Anthony sparked a lifelong political partnership. They sought to establish women's legal rights for equality. In their quest, they formed the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1869.

"It requires philosophy and heroism to rise above the opinion of the wise men of all nations and voices," Stanton said.

Finally, in 1878 Stanton persuaded California's Senator Aaron Sargent to sponsor a woman's suffrage amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment was finally approved in 1919. A year later, it became the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

"Nature never repeats herself, and the possibilities of one human soul will never be found in another," she believed.

Let your truth out for the world to celebrate!