Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Women's and Gender Studies
Arts and Science
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
This paper argues that mail correspondence among 19th century suffragists functions as a practice of creating space for cultivating a political feminist consciousness and sustaining the first women’s rights movement. Using Michel de Certeau’s theory of space and Nancy Fraser’s work on feminist counterpublics, letters from a variety of suffragists, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, were analyzed. Through a close reading of these letters, this paper identifies alternative discursive patterns as they circulate within those epistolary spaces. The early suffragists used letters to reaffirm their identity as white, middle-class, educated, Protestant women at the same time as they subverted the meaning of “woman.”
Mosier, Hannah-Abigail, "The Role of Mail in the First Women’s Rights Movement: A Project of Resistance and Knowledge Formation" (2017). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 1035.
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