Performance highlights why one suffrage leader was written out of history


Provocative program explores why one suffrage leader was written out of history 

Women voters and lovers of American history will discover the inside story of two of the suffrage movement’s founders during Women’s History Month when the background struggle between suffrage leaders Susan B. Anthony and Matilda Joslyn Gage is revealed on stage.

The dialogue performance will be at the Rosendale Theater in Rosendale, NY on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton are celebrated as two of the founding mothers of the women’s suffrage movement. But who was Matilda Joslyn Gage? In her time she was considered a “founding mother” along with Anthony and Stanton. However, Gage was written out of history.

The background drama will be explored by Sally Roesch Wagner, executive director of the Gage Center in Fayetteville, NY, and Deborah Hughes, president & CEO of the Anthony House in Rochester NY, who will present a compelling dialogue that explores the split between two of the three suffrage movement founders. The event is a joint presentation of the Susan B. Anthony House, The Matilda Joslyn Gage Center, and Votes For Women 2020.

Matlda Joslyn Gage

The rupture between Anthony and Gage will be revealed by the reading of correspondence between them. In a unique juxtaposition, Sally Roesch Wagner (Gage director) will read Susan B. Anthony’s letters while Deborah Hughes (Anthony House director) will bring Gage’s correspondence to light.

After the performance, the audience is invited and encouraged to join the dialogue.

Deborah L. Hughes is a strong advocate for human rights and equal opportunity for all, especially those who suffer discrimination based on gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or economic circumstance. As an ordained minister and theologian, she brings a depth of knowledge and breadth of experience to this dialogue and special program.

Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner is one of the first women to receive a doctorate in the US for work in women’s studies and is a founder of one of the country’s first women’s studies programs. An author and lecturer, Dr. Wagner appeared in the Ken Burn’s PBS documentary “Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony for which she wrote the accompanying faculty guide.

Tickets are priced at $20.20 (tax-deductible) and are available at or the box office.

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11 responses to “Performance highlights why one suffrage leader was written out of history

  1. An excellent example of what goes on behind the scenes and now the truth is known. I’d like to see more of this before the media gets hold of the suffragists and whitewashes them. No wonder Alice Paul didn’t want to talk about her own life. She told people to stick with the issues. She must have understood clearly the nature of the American culture to be silly and superficial.

  2. Susan and Matilda were pretty radical women. So the thought of Matilda being even more radical than Susan and Elizabeth blows my mind. You’ve got me curious.

  3. You left me wondering about the politics of this piece of women’s history during Women’s History Month.

  4. I hope you have a full house. This is deep background in the suffrage movement. I find it fascinating, but it might take a while for those being introduced to get the significance. Would love to hear more about this split.

  5. Appreciate the coverage. Suffrage Wagon sure gets around. Giddy up.

  6. I heard about Susan B. Anthony, but not Matilda Joslyn Gage. How could I miss this important part of history?

  7. I didn’t realize there was such a rich story associated with votes for women.

  8. Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner , seems like a really smart person all together. I found this article to be super helpful as well on learning about the history of our leaders.

  9. You just gained a new reader. Me.

  10. James Williams

    My partner and I absolutely love your blog. Again, awesome web blog!

  11. Thanks for the feedback. It’s nutrition for the blogger.

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