When housewife Elizabeth Cady Stanton and four friends sat down to afternoon tea on July 13, 1848, they had no idea their impromptu discussion would sow the seeds of an international women’s suffrage movement. But the Women’s Rights Convention the group hosted six days later did just that. On this 150th anniversary, historians Sidney Bland (James Madison University) and Maureen Fitzgerald (CWM) look at the movement that many predicted would lead to the collapse of civilization.

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