Founder & President, Elizabeth Cady Stanton Trust
The great, great granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Coline Jenkins is a legislator, author and television producer. Through the years, she has used her talents to inspire both awareness and pride in women’s history. Coline is co-founder and president of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Trust, a collection of 3,000 objects of women’s suffrage memorabilia that has been lent to museum exhibits, book publishers, documentary film producers, presidential libraries, popular magazines, television programs (both domestic and international) and Congressional testimony. The Trust’s lending practice fulfills its mission: To preserve the history of the women’s right movement, to educate the public on this history, and to promote the advancement of women’s rights.
Ms. Jenkins is a resident of Greenwich, Connecticut, where for thirty years she has served as a municipal legislator. She co-authored a book, 33 Things Every Girl Should Know about Women’s History, and produced the television documentary, An American Revolution: Women Take Their Place. Her 2009 testimony before the U.S. Senate contributed to the passage of federal legislation creating a national trail of historic sites, coordinated by Women’s Rights National Historical Park, known as The National Votes for Women Trail.
For six years, Coline has served as vice president of MonumentalWomen.org, a non-profit dedicated to break the bronze ceiling over New York City’s Central Park by erecting the first statue of real women – Elizabeth cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth in recognition of the centennial of the 19th Amendment of the U. S. Constitution.
Ms. Jenkins comes from a long line of women activists. In addition to her great, great grandmother Elizabeth Cady Stanton, her great grandmother Harriot Stanton Blatch, worked as a major organizer of New York State women suffrage during the Militant Period of 1913-1915. Jenkins’ mother was born one month prior to the passage of the 19th Amendment of the U. S. Constitution in 1920. Jenkins grew up in an atmosphere of suffrage and women’s right campaigning. She firmly believes equality is attainable.