Suffrage in 60 Seconds: Equali-Tea

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Hi! I'm Ranger Lauren and welcome to another segment of Suffrage in 60 Seconds. Today we're going to talk about how tea infused the women's suffrage movement. In July of 1848, Jane Hunt invited some ladies over for tea. Two of those women would be Mrs. Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. What would start as a simple social gathering would eventually become the largest political movement in human history. It was after this encounter where they would organize the first Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York.

Before becoming president of the National Woman's Party, the wealthy Alva Belmont used to host tea parties at her tea house in Newport, Rhode Island.Tea was also used to fundraise and create revenue for the cause.

Wednesday, August 26 is Equality Day. So make sure to grab a favorite cup of equali-tea and cheers to celebrate the suffrage centennial. Thank you for joining us on Suffrage in 60 Seconds.

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How did women who were excluded from the political process work for change? Before they marched in the streets and stood on soapboxes to get the word out, women encouraged each other and spread the radical message of women's equality in their parlors. Ranger Lauren spills the tea on Equali-Tea.

A tea party at the home of Jane Hunt started the suffrage movement in the 19th Century.

A generation later, Alva Belmont hosted woman suffrage teas at her Rhode Island mansion, Marble House.

Part of a series of articles titled Suffrage in Sixty Seconds.

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Last updated: September 1, 2020