The best protection any woman can have... is courage.”
― Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association Objectives
The Sunflower Shoppe celebrates Elizabeth's birthday with new Saturday hours!
The Sunflower Shoppe, 37 West Main Street in Johnstown, is adding Saturday mornings from 9am - 12pm, to its weekly hours in honor of Elizabeth Cady Stanton's birthday, Saturday, November 12th. Our racks are overflowing with designer career clothes, many still with tags! Get ready for the holidays with a visit!
ECSHA Members Begin a New Clothing Shoppe to Benefit Area Women.
The Sunflower Shoppe, 37 West Main Street in Johnstown, officially opened its doors with a ribbon cutting by the Fulton-Montgomery Chamber of Commerce,Wednesday, October 5. The Sunflower Shoppe’s tagline is: Women helping women with their career clothing needs. The project is sponsored by the local nonprofit, The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association (ECSHA). “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.
“Serving women’s current needs is one of the objectives of The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association,” reported Jennifer Gardella, ECSHA Chair. “Elizabeth wouldn’t want us just sitting around dusting off artifacts. She was a women of action, who reached out and lifted up the women around her. That’s what we’re trying to do with The Sunflower Shoppe.”
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.