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Nellie Bly Interviews Susan B. Anthony, 1896

The pioneering journalist speaks with the suffragist about her upbringing and passion for securing the vote for women.

  • Type
  • Source
    The World
  • Date
    February 1896
  • Section
    Inside page
  • Copyright
    Public domain

In the winter of 1896, Nellie Bly covered the National Women Suffrage Association’s convention in Washington, D.C. The group was founded in 1869 by Susan B. Anthony and several other prominent figures in the women’s suffrage movement. At the time of the NWSA convention only three states — Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah — had granted women voting rights.

Bly, whose real name was Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman, sat down with Anthony for an interview. Her story in The World, published in Q&A format, spanned seven columns and discussed Susan B. Anthony’s life, how she became a suffragist, as well as topics such as divorce and women being able to propose. When asked what the new, free woman would be like, Anthony said, “we can no more imagine what the true women will be than we can what the true man will be. We haven’t had him yet. And we won’t until women are free and equal.”

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