The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Trust was established November 12, 1999, in the dynamic spirit of the women’s rights pioneer, whose name it honors. The founders included two descendants of Elizabeth Cady Stanton – Coline Jenkins, her great-great granddaughter, and the late Rhoda Barney Jenkins, her great granddaughter – and Marsha Weinstein, former Executive Director of the Kentucky Commission on Women.
Continuing the legacy Elizabeth Cady Stanton began, the Trust elected Coline Jenkins’ daughter and Elizabeth’s great-great-great granddaughter, Elizabeth Jenkins- Sahlin, and Marsha Weinstein’s daughter, Laura Weinstein, to the board of directors.
Rhoda Barney, born 1920, passed away August 25, 2007. Ms. Jenkins earned an architectural degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1941. During World War II, she designed floating fry rocks and High Mowing School, a Waldorf school located in New Hampshire. As an architect licensed in both Connecticut and New York, she designed churches and residences. As a historian, she inspired a generation of Women’s Studies’ scholars. And as a fourth generation feminist and member of the National Organization for Women (NOW), she tirelessly campaigned for equal rights and supported the Women’s Rights National Historical Park.