Reading celebrates Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s life

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Published: 3/29/2017 10:30:28 PM

SHELBURNE FALLS — Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born in 1815 — long before women earned the right to vote. The words of this abolitionist-turned-women’s rights activist will be celebrated Friday night, March 31, in honor of Women’s History Month.

Five local writers, poets and educators will read passages from Stanton’s “Solitude of Self,” beginning at 7 p.m. in the Arms Library.

The event, presented by Paris Press and the Arms Library, with support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, is open to the public.

A reception will follow the reading.

Stanton’s 1892 “Solitude of Self” argues for equal education and equal rights for women. She presented it to Congress after she cofounded the Women’s Suffrage Movement and considered it the most important accomplishment of her life.

“This is pronounced the strongest and most unanswerable argument and appeal ever made of mortal pen and tongue — for the full freedom and franchise of women,” fellow activist Susan B. Anthony said of the speech.

Reading from Stanton’s 1892 book will be Edite Cunha of Turners Falls; poet Marie Gauthier of Shelburne Falls; Susie Patlove of Charlemont; the Rev. Marguerite Sheehan of Trinity Church in Shelburne Falls; and Cindy Snow of Shelburne Falls.

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