Representatives from twenty-one States assembled in Cleveland
, November 24, 1869, and formed the American Woman Suffrage Association.
There was already a “National Woman Suffrage Association,” formed a few months earlier; the new organization differed from the other in some points of policy, notably in the fact that men as well as women were recognized among the leaders.
was its president at one time, Henry Ward Beecher
, Bishop Gilbert Haven
, and Dudley Foulke
The New England
Woman's Club also admitted men to membership: it was a point our mother had much at heart.
She held that the Quaker
organization was the best, with its separate meetings of men and women, supplemented by a joint session of both.
She always insisted upon the salutary influence that men and women exercise upon one another.
“The two sexes police each other,” she often said.
She always maintained the importance of their united action in matters of public as of private interest.
She was essentially a humanist in contradistinction to a feminist.
She worked for the American Association during the twenty-one years of its separate existence, first as foreign corresponding secretary, afterward as president, and in various other capacities.
When, in 1890, the two societies united to form the National
American Woman Suffrage Association, she became and continued through life one of the vice-presidents
of that body.
From the first, she was recognized as an invaluable leader.
The years of philosophical study had