There’s no better way to observe Women’s Month than to remember that, on this very day in 1884, Susan B. Anthony marched into a congressional judiciary meeting, stared down the boys and told them it was high time they got out of the way of a woman’s right to vote.
Also to remember that, among all the abuses she endured to be in that room–the experience of being doused in an early version of pepper spray (pure cayenne), hung in effigy, vitriolic slammed, ridiculed and arrested–Anthony often picked rotten eggs from her bonnet. If all this was not enough, along her hard road, she suffered some of the worse food imaginable during one of the worse periods in American cooking.
The bill of fare in most hotels she stayed in on the road incorporated rancid or salt soaked meat, mushy vegetables (when available), bottom-of-the-barrel fruit, weevil-infested breads. Even a good cup of hot coffee was hard to come by. How she must have missed one of her favorite treats–a delicate slice of sponge cake layered with raspberry jam–just so we could enjoy her efforts!
Fanny Farmer’s 19th century Sponge Cake Recipe
Banner credit: Statue honoring Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton by the artist Meredith Bergman, New York City, Central Park. USA Today