Matilda Joslyn Gage in the spotlight as suffrage leader written out of history

Posted by on February 22, 2013 in 60-Second History Lesson | 2 comments

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 Burns’ 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 www.rosendaletheatre.org or the box office.

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2 Comments

  1. There are probably countless of other brave souls who were written out of the history for one reason or another, but I suppose Matilda Joslyn Gage is kind of big to not be mentioned alongside Susan B. Anthony. It’d be interesting to see what actually happened to bring such a divide between these great women and I’d love to take my two daughters with me to watch the performance. It’d be an excellent opportunity to instill a sense of pride, women’s pride that is, to my daughters.

  2. I would love to go see this performance. Do you know if it will be showing anywhere else in the future? It sounds really interesting, and I’m intrigued as to why Matilda Gage has never been recognised for her role in the suffrage movement. Now that you’ve dangled the carrot I want to find out! Is there somewhere I could read about it? I live in the Netherlands and so I won’t be able to see this.

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