From the N. Y. Times.
A MEETING of ladies was held Thursday, Sept. 17, at noon, in the office of “The Revolution” newspaper, 37 Park Row, for the purpose of organizing an association of workingwomen, which might act for the interests of its members, in the same manner as the associations of working men now regulate the wages, etc., of those belonging to them. Mrs. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Miss Susan B. Anthony wore present, together with Mrs. Macdonald, a Woman Suffrage advocate from Mount Vernon, and a number of other ladies, conspicuous among whom were several still in girlhood, and of unusual comeliness and intelligence.
Miss Anthony stated the object of the meeting to be an organization of workingwomen into an association for the purpose of doing everything possible to elevate women, and raise the value of their labor.
Mrs. Stanton thought it better to organize a Woman’s Suffrage Association, with the view of obtaining the ballot. That was at the bottom of all reforms for the material welfare of women, and no improved wages, or recognition of woman’s right to follow such professions as she chose, could be obtained until she possessed political power, and compelled men to fear her influence. No disfranchised class has power. The negroes of Massachusetts, once despised, finally obtained the ballot The result has been that they have entered the Legislature of that State, and done honor to their positions. They are admitted to the bar and to medicine, and are, in general, educated and respected citizens. Many women say they do not want to vote, but they will never obtain their rights until they do. At a meeting of workingmen, twenty years ago, in England, a speaker told the assemblage they needed the ballot. They hooted at him, and said they wanted only bread. They now feel the ballot to be their salvation.
Miss Anthony said that through the twenty years that Mrs. Stanton and herself had been agitating the Female Suffrage question, the mass of women had been unable to see what good voting would do them. They wanted equal wages with men, but did not realize that the ballot would aid them in their desire.
Miss Anthony playfully remarked that, contrary to established usage, the organization had taken place when the meeting was half over. She suggested that the meeting should imagine its occurrence as preliminary to the speeches. She then proposed that a name for the Association should be decided on.
Mrs. Stanton thought it should be called the Working Women’s Suffrage Association.
Source: The Revolution 1868-12-24
Image: Rhodes Mfg. Co., Lincolnton, N.C. National Child Labor Committee. No. 282. Girl on left said she was 10 years old and been in mill a long time more than a year. Spinner girl on right said she was 12 years. Location: Lincolnton, North Carolina.