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Methodist History: Early Voice for Women’s Rights

She may not be a household name now, but Methodist reformer Frances Willard was once the president of the largest woman's organization in the United States. She was a force in the late 19th century seeking voting rights, better conditions for women, and even full representation in the Methodist Church. One pastor in Ohio was quoted as saying, "God, Buffalo Bill, and Frances Willard were the three most wonderful people on earth."

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Historians from the United Methodist General Commission on Archives and History say Willard has not always received full credit for her substantial contributions to her country or her church. Learn more about the first woman honored with a place in the National Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol.

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Meet other women leaders of the Methodist movement.

You can learn more about church history by visiting the website for the Commission on Archives and History.  And you can also explore more of Frances Willard's history at her memorial library and archives.

You can also find a question about Frances Willard in our church history quiz

This video was produced by United Methodist Communications in Nashville, TN.
Media contact is Fran Walsh, 615-742-5458.

This video was first posted on March 16, 2016.