"We shall some day be heeded, and . . . everybody will think it was always so, just exactly as many young people think that all the privileges, all the freedom, all the enjoyments which woman now possesses always were hers. They have no idea of how every single inch of ground that she stands upon today has been gained by the hard work of some little handful of women of the past."
— Susan B. Anthony —
Anthony's quote appeared with this photo in "Not For Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony" by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns. The young woman in the image is Nora Stanton Blatch, the granddaughter of Cady Stanton. She's shown in an ironworking class at Horace Mann High School in NYC in 1901.
In 1905, she became the first woman to graduate from Cornell University with a Civil Engineering degree. While receiving a formal education was still uncommon for American women in the early 20th century, Nora Stanton Blatch went further by embarking on a career in private and public companies as an architect, engineer, inspector and structural-steel designer. She was the first woman to become a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
When it seems like we are just treading water and going nowhere, I like to think of the great leap Elizabeth Cady Stanton's granddaughter made — not just into the 20th Century but into another world. A world her grandmother worked to create just as we are working to make yet a newer, more equal world in the 21st Century.
I'll see some of you at the Women's March on Madison happening here today, and I'll be thinking of the rest of you at events in your cities and towns.