Women's Historic Firsts: National Women's Conference Gavel

Jaclyn Nash
March 7, 2018
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Gavel with leather ribbon
Jaclyn Nash

National Women's Conference gavel

Susan B. Anthony used this gavel to chair the founding meeting of the International Conference of Women, during the National Women's Conference, which convened March 25, 1888, in Washington, D.C. The National Woman Suffrage Association, led by Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, organized the meeting.

The dark rosewood gavel with light ivory accents has an attached leather ribbon. The head is engraved with “order is Heaven’s first law” and “Nat’l Woman Suffrage Assn. March 25 1888.” 

Photo by Jaclyn Nash / Smithsonian's National Museum of American History