Opps! Historical slip-up of the day.
Yesterday Think Progress tweeted that Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony organized Seneca Falls, starting the women’s movement. This is false. Anthony did not attended Seneca Falls, and didn’t even meet Stanton until 1851. It was Lucretia Mott who helped Stanton organize the conference.
Why does this matter?
Women’s history is not very well-known as it is, most people can only name the big names: Stanton, Anthony, and Paul. It’s important that we get history right so that all women can get the recognition that they deserve. Anthony, Paul, and Stanton didn’t do it alone, and it’s our job as progressives and feminists to make that clear. Women are routinely erased from history as it is, we shouldn’t erase them further by getting our facts wrong when we talk about them.
When I tweeted at Think Progress to correct them they didn’t respond. I’m disappointed, you would like a progressive organization would care about getting the facts right.