The best protection any woman can have... is courage.”
― Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association Objectives
Patsy Suydam Receives This Year’s Equality Award.
Patsy Suydam received this year’s Equality Award from The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association (ECSHA) at their fifth annual Garden Party. The Equality Award is presented each year to a woman who is a strong role model for the community. Ms. Suydam has not only had a successful career, but she is an extremely active community volunteer who works on a number of causes that improve the lives of women and girls.
The ECSHA gives their Equality Award each year to celebrate Equality Day. Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day in 1971 to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. Since then, Women’s Equality Day has served as a reminder of the work that still needs to be done to work toward full equality. The Garden Party was held at the home of Joe and Lori Salamack in Johnstown.
All proceeds from the Garden Party support the work of The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association (ECSHA). ECSHA’s current projects include The Sunflower Shoppe on Main Street in Johnstown, which assists women returning the workforce with their career clothing needs. ECSHA also sponsors Elizabeth and Eileen’s Prom Dress Closet, in addition to the, “Walk in the Footsteps of Elizabeth Cady Stanton” cell phone tour, which tells the story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and her relationship to local sites.
The Sunflower Shoppe
37 West Main Street in Johnstown
VOLUNTEER SHOP KEEPERS NEEDED!
COULD YOU HELP COVER A WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON IN JULY OR AUGUST FROM 1-4 AT THE SUNFLOWER SHOPPE?
WE NEED SOME NEW SUMMER VOLUNTEERS TO HELP KEEP OUR DOORS OPE
Please contact Volunteer Shoppe Manager Sandy Fiesinger by calling 518-736-1255
THE SUNFLOWER SHOPPE’S TAGLINE IS: WOMEN HELPING WOMEN WITH THEIR CAREER CLOTHING NEEDS “WE HAVE A HUGE SELECTION OF AMAZING WOMEN’S CAREER CLOTHING IN A VARIETY OF SIZES THAT HAVE BEEN DONATED TO US,” STATED VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR, SANDY FIESINGER. “OUR GOAL IS TO PROVIDE FREE INTERVIEW CLOTHING FOR WOMEN WHO ARE ENTERING THE WORKFORCE FROM A VARIETY OF LOCAL PROGRAMS, AND THEN TO OFFER THEM A 75% DISCOUNT OFF OF OUR INVENTORY TO HELP THEM BUILD THEIR WORK WARDROBES.”
THE SHOPPE, WHICH IS STAFFED BY VOLUNTEERS, IS OPEN FROM 1-4 EACH WEDNESDAY, AS WELL AS 6-8 PM ON THE LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH. SHOPPERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO STOP OR DONATE CLOTHING BY DURING THESE TIMES.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, using the pseudonym “Sunflower,” wrote articles for The Lily, the first newspaper for women. The paper, issued from 1849 until 1853, was edited by Amelia Bloomer, of “Bloomer costume” fame. Initially, Elizabeth wrote about temperance, child-bearing and education. But before long she was writing about women’s rights and laws unfair to women, demanding change.
The sunflower, the Kansas state flower was also used in Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony's 1867 campaign in Kansas in support of full women's suffrage. After Kansas suffragists used the sunflower in the campaign, yellow, along with white and purple became the symbolic colors of the national women's suffrage movement. Women campaigning for "Votes for Women" wore yellow ribbons, buttons and sashes.