WOMEN: As Maine Goes ...

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On a summer's day in 1848, a plump, hoopskirted housewife stood up in Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls, N.Y. and read the eighth of eleven resolutions to the delegates at the first U.S. women's rights convention. With her blonde sausage curls bobbing in emphasis, Elizabeth Cady Stanton read: "It is the duty of the women of the country to secure for themselves the sacred right of the elective franchise." The delegates were aghast at such a daring notion. "Why Lizzie," cried Quakeress Lucretia Mott, "thee will make us ridiculous!"

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