A Legacy to Inspire and Empower
Objectives of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association:
One : that everyone who grows up in Fulton County New York and the surrounding communities learns about the work of women's rights reformer Elizabeth Cady Stanton. And to understand and promote the fact that during her lifetime, Stanton became a nationally and internationally recognized reformer and pioneer for women's rights. She continues to be so today.
Two : that this organization continues to serve women in a variety of capacities just as she did. We are dedicated to advancing the economic, political and social status of women and girls.
Three : that Johnstown will become known as the birthplace of women's equality in the U.S. Stanton was the first women to call for the right to vote as the seminal rite from which all others flowed. Stanton lived in Seneca Falls for 8 years but her political and social reform ideas were forged in the formative years of her Johnstown NY life.
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.
NYS Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul with ECSHA Volunteer Sunflower Shoppe Manager Sandy Fiesinger at the Sunflower Shoppe's Grand Re-opening, January 29, 2018.
The Lieutenant Governor not only cut the ribbon for the Grand Re-opening, but gave inspiring and encouraging words to ECSHA members and guests and donated clothing to the Sunflower Shoppe as well. We thank her so much for coming to Johnstown!
The Sunflower Shoppe,