Early American Suffragettes were the early champions of women's rights:Lucy Stone

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 9th Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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We started this series when women were not considered persons under the law. Now we have moved to the early suffragettes of the 20th century.

Lucy Stone (1818-1893)

Lucy Stone was the first woman in Massachusetts to obtain a college degree and she was an abolitionist and suffragist. She was also the first American woman in recorded history to use her maiden name even after marriage.

Lucy Stone spoke in front government bodies. She worked in initiating the National Women's Rights Convention. She helped to establish the Women's National Loyal League, which was against slavery and helped to get the 13th amendment passed - Emancipation Proclamation, which abolished slavery in 10 states. She was involved in the American Women's Suffrage Association and wrote and published many speeches. Stone was also involved with the temperance movement.

Her speeches inspired Susan B. Anthony and for two years when she was home with her children she passed the movement onto to Susan B. Anthony to continue in her absence.

Susan Brownell Anthony (1820-1906)

Susan was a women's right activist of the 19th Century who was instrumental to the Women's Suffragette Movement. She traveled to Europe and was central in bringing women's right to vote to America. She was born in West Grove, (Adams) Massachusetts. Susan was also a Quaker and her father was a cotton manufacturer and an abolitionist. Susan chose to break away from organized religion, as she got older. She became involved politically in both the anti slavery and temperance movement. In 1849 she became the president of the daughters of Temperance (a movement against the use of Alcohol). Anthony and her friends such as Lucy Stone organized the first woman's temperance society in the state. Anthony was known for women's rights convention until her death.

First woman on the American Coin

Anthony was arrested in 1862 because she voted. She was fined though she never paid it. She died 14 years before she saw her efforts in the suffragette movement pay off.

"When she first began campaigning for women's rights, Anthony was harshly ridiculed and accused of trying to destroy the institution of marriage. Public perception of her changed radically during her lifetime, however. Her 80th birthday was celebrated in the White House at the invitation of President William McKinley. She became the first nonfictitious woman to be depicted on U.S. currency when her portrait appeared on the 1979 dollar coin."

Some links to previous articles

Women as property: No rights under the law

When Women are not Persons Under the law

Suffragettes were the early champions of women's rights:

British Suffragettes of the early 20th Century

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