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7 Decades of Incredible Women This Women’s History Month, Meet 3 Suffragettes I Admire
LUCY STONE (1818–1893) Lucy Stone isn’t as
I feel like I’m always talking about myself in this newsletter, so this month, I’d like to shine the spotlight on a group of people who really deserve it: the strong-willed women who won their peers the right to vote. March is Women’s History
well-known as the other two women on this list, but she was one of the first advocates for the
movement, and the National Park Service reports that her speech at the 1852 National Woman's Rights Convention inspired Susan B. Anthony to join the cause. Lucy also fought against slavery and was one of the first women to publicly refuse to take her husband’s name when she got married as a symbol of her own autonomy. That bold move inspired others to follow suit, and those women called themselves “Lucy Stoners.” My wife, my mother, and both of my late grandmothers are such strong and caring individuals. I respect and admire them, and I plan to raise my daughter, Catherine, to follow in their footsteps. Hopefully, by the time she’s 18 and ready to exercise it, she’ll treasure her hard-won right to vote!
Susan B. Anthony
Matilda Jocelyn Gage
Month, and International Women’s Day falls on Sunday, March 8, so this seemed like the best possible time to shout out some incredible ladies I admire from the American women’s rights movement. When I was studying history in school, I was astounded to learn that the campaign to allow women their right to vote was a seven-decade struggle. According to the Library of Congress, it’s considered the largest reform movement in U.S. history. The movement's pinnacle, the 19th Amendment, is almost 100 years old now, but I don’t think my admiration for the women who fought for it will fade any time soon. After you read a bit about three of them in the next few paragraphs, I think you’ll see why!
a teacher, Susan uncovered the fact that men teaching in her area made $10 per month while women earned $2.50. She soon joined the fight against inequality, including the battle for suffrage and property rights. She was a relentless campaigner, founded the American Equal Rights Association, co-founded the National Woman Suffrage Association, and even voted illegally in 1872. The 19th Amendment is also known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment in her honor. Matilda Gage’s childhood home was part of the underground railroad, so she was on the front lines of the fight for equality from a young age. After slavery was abolished, she turned her attention to women’s suffrage. A prolific writer, Matilda was known for writing about women’s contributions to innovation and the military in her book “Women, Church and State” and her newspaper, The National Citizen and Ballot Box. MATILDA JOSLYN GAGE (1826–1898)
SUSAN B. ANTHONY (1820–1906)
Ask any American school kid to name a women’s rights leader, and odds are they’ll bring up Susan B. Anthony. Still, her iconic work can’t be understated. As
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