Ellen Clark Sargent

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Ellen Clark Sargent

Ellen Clark Sargent (Massachusetts, 1826 - 1911) was an active American women's suffragette. She was influential in advocacy for the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which sought to give women the right to vote.

Advocacy[edit]

In 1869, Sargent founded the Nevada County Women's Suffrage Organization.[1] She later served as president of the California Woman Suffrage Association.[2] She also co-founded the Century Club, San Francisco's first women's club, which still exists.[3][2]

At the national level, she was a treasurer of the National Woman Suffrage Association, which advocated for women's suffrage through a national constitutional amendment, and a friend and correspondent of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.[4][5]

Role in 19th Amendment[edit]

Sargent's husband, Aaron Sargent, was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1872, from California. In 1878, he proposed to the Senate the language that was eventually adopted as the Nineteenth Amendment.[1]

Life[edit]

Sargent was born in Massachusetts in 1826.[1] When she died in 1911 the city of San Francisco held its first public memorial for a woman,[2] and state flags were flown at half-mast.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Harris, Gloria G.; Cohen, Hannah S. (2012). Women Trailblazers of California: Pioneers to the Present (illustrated ed.). The History Press. ISBN 978-1609496753. 
  2. ^ a b c Silver, Mae. "Ellen Clark Sargent". Found SF. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Cherny, Robert W. (2011-01-01). California Women and Politics: From the Gold Rush to the Great Depression. U of Nebraska Press. p. 211. ISBN 0803236085. 
  4. ^ The Selected Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: National protection for national citizens, 1873 to 1880. Rutgers University Press. 2003. p. 30. ISBN 9780813523194. 
  5. ^ Mead, Rebecca J. (2004). How the Vote was Won: Woman Suffrage in the Western United States, 1868-1914. NYU Press. p. 38. ISBN 978-0-8147-5676-8.