MONEKA WOMEN'S RIGHTS ASSOCIATION
BELOW: The complete text of the Preamble and Constitution of the Moneka Women's Rights Association,
with the names of the 42 signers. These are the pages from the actual book of minutes, on file at
the Kansas State Museum in Topeka. Adopted 13 February 1858. The full transcription is HERE
"There were only twelve of us" when the Moneka Women's Rights Society was formed, wrote Susan E.
Wattles in a letter to Susan B. Anthony dated 30 December 1881. These would be the twelve members
whose names appear in the same handwriting on the fifth page. Another 30 persons signed the
Constitution at later dates; "fourteen of them were men."
The letter from Susan E. Wattles is included in "History of Woman Suffrage, Volume II, 1861-1876"
edited by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Matilda Joslyn Gage, Pages 255-256. The
book is posted online in its entirety at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/28039/28039-h/28039-h.htm
The letter from Susan E. Wattles to Susan B. Anthony is transcribed HERE
BELOW: The last page of the original draft of the Preamble and Constitution
of the Moneka Women's Rights Association, displaying the actual signatures
of the original twelve menbers.
For a full transcription of the Preamble and Constitution, go to next page.
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