Cracking Suffrage History: Historic Safe Reveals a Treasured History
On June 25th, Mary E. Singletary, President of the National Council of Women of the United States; Catherine Cerulli, Director of the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership at the University of Rochester; and several invited guests, waited in eager anticipation as master locksmith Elaad Israeli pried open the lock of a mysterious safe once linked to Susan B. Anthony.
Inscribed with the words “Woman Suffrage Party”, the safe had remained unopened for years, quietly tucked away in a corner of the council’s New York City headquarters. With the lock finally opened, Mary E. Singletary opened the safe to reveal its contents: a change purse filled with coins from various countries, including France and Mexico; a box containing the replica of the Susan B. Anthony gavel presented to Anthony at the first International Council of Women in 1888; various medals; a silver brooch; tax documents and original incorporation papers dating to 1931; and replicas of painted wall murals that were commissioned for the 1933 World’s Fair.
According to Cerulli, “In some ways, the safe is a metaphor. It’s an opportunity to remind people that we still have a long way to go for women’s rights”.
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