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Anna Howard ShawThe Work of Woman Suffrage$
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Trisha Franzen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038150

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038150.001.0001

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Finding the Cause (1881–1889)

Finding the Cause (1881–1889)

(p.50) Chapter 3 Finding the Cause (1881–1889)
Anna Howard Shaw

Trisha Franzen

University of Illinois Press

This chapter describes events in the life of Anna Howard Shaw from 1881 to 1889. Over the course of the 1880s Shaw willingly gave up the comfortable but limited life of a small town minister to dedicate herself to changing the inequalities of the social structure in ways that she believed would better women's lives more than any work she could do as a minister. Fortunately for Shaw, she turned out to have many of the talents, skills, and attributes that the leaders and the constituencies of the woman suffrage and women's temperance movements needed and valued. By 1888, Shaw would state that, “I have registered a vow that I will from this time forth never work for any political party, never give one dollar to any religious body, home or foreign, never listen Sunday after Sunday to the preaching of any man, never give one ounce of my strength of body or purse, or mind, or heart to any cause which opposes the best interest of women. ” Fortunately, Shaw achieved the independence to make those decisions.

Keywords:   Anna Howard Shaw, biography, pastor, Massachusetts Woman Suffrage Association, women's suffrage movement, temperance movement

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