Today in Christian History – May 5

1861 – Frances Willard submitted to baptism and joined the church. Her life of faith would become one of the most dramatic and powerful of the late nineteenth century.

http://www.christianhistoryinstitute.org/today/5/5

Frances Elizabeth Caroline Willard (September 28, 1839 – February 17, 1898) was an American educator, temperance reformer, and women’s suffragist. Her influence was instrumental in the passage of the Eighteenth (Prohibition) and Nineteenth (Women Suffrage) Amendments to the United States Constitution. Willard became the national president of Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) in 1879, and remained president until her death in 1898. She developed the slogan „Do Everything” for the WCTU, encouraging its membership to engage in a broad array of social reforms through lobbying, petitioning, preaching, publishing, and education. Her vision encompassed raising the age of consent, labor reforms such as the eight-hour work day, prison reform, scientific temperance instruction, Christian socialism, and the global expansion of women’s rights.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frances_Willard_%28suffragist%29

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