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Consortium donates book to library

From left, ECSWC Vice President Sandra Maceyka, Johnstown Public Library Director Erica Wing, ECSWC President Laurie Kozakiewicz and ECSWC Secretary Helen Martin are shown with the donated book. (Photo submitted)

JOHNSTOWN — In keeping with the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women’s Consortium mission to promote the history of women’s suffrage and Stanton’s role in that struggle, the consortium recently donated “Harriot Stanton Blatch and the Winning of Woman Suffrage” by Ellen Carol Dub to the Johnstown Public Library. The book is a biography of  Stanton’s daughter, Harriot Stanton Blatch.  

Blatch, who lived from 1856 to 1940, was not only the daughter of suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, but also played a role in the winning of women’s suffrage in the United States, a news release said. This is a biography of Harriot Blatch and an appraisal of the winning and aftermath of the American suffrage movement.  

Inspired, in part, by her mother, Blatch helped bring the movement into the 20th century, the news release said. She worked for two decades for enfranchisement, much of it in New York state. The author, Ellen Carol Dubois, is a scholar of the suffrage struggle.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born and raised in Johnstown and worked with Susan B. Anthony to gain the right to vote for women. This  year marks the 100th celebration of  women’s voting rights in New York, which occurred in 1917,  three years before the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920 that gave all women in the United States the right to vote. 

The consortium is composed of local women’s organizations who have joined for the purpose of supporting women’s education, history, culture, leadership and equity, the news release said.

Consortium member organizations include Amsterdam-Gloversville-Johnstown American Association of University Women, Eclectic Society, Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association, Girl Scouts of Northeast N.Y., Republican Women of Fulton County, Soroptimist International of Fulton County, Women Democrats, Women Faculty of FMCC, and the GFWC Century Club of Amsterdam.

The consortium welcomes new organizations and individual members. 

The next meeting will be July 10 at 5:30 p.m. at the Johnstown Public Library.

For more information about the consortium, contact President Laurie Kozakiewicz at lkozakiewicz@albany.edu.

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