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Lucy Stone

Lucy Stone

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Fact sheet on Lucy Stone, a suffragette who was anti-slavery and worked for women's rights and voting rights.
Fact sheet on Lucy Stone, a suffragette who was anti-slavery and worked for women's rights and voting rights.

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Published by: Devin Elizabeth Berry on May 30, 2011
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Lucy Stone
Born in West Brookfield, Massachusettson 13th August, 1818
Became a teacher at age 16 but savedmoney to study at Oberlin College
First Woman in Massachusetts to earn acollege degree
First person in New England to becremated.
First woman in the US to keep her lastname after marriage
considered a leader of the conservativewing of the suffrage movement
in 1850 converted Susan B. Anthony to the suffrage cause
her father ruled the household, and his wife, by "divine right."
She was asked to write a graduation speech for her class. Butrefused, because someone else would have read her speech:women were not allowed, to give a public address.
 The year after she graduated, the American Anti-Slavery Societyemployed her. She traveled giving speeches on abolition. Sheincluded speeches, as well, on women's rights.
Her women’s rights speeches created controversy with the anti-slavery speeches. Started speaking on weekends on abolition andweekdays on women's rights. In three years, she earned $7,000with her women's rights talks.
Used the Greek and Hebrew learned at Oberlin, she challengedthose rules in churches which she found to be unfair to women.
In 1850, Stone was a leader in organizing the first national woman'srights convention, held in Worcester, Massachusetts
Met Cincinnati businessman Henry Blackwell in 1853. Henry was 7years younger. Lucy was impressed when he rescued a fugitiveslave from its owners.
Daughter, Alice Stone Blackwell, was born in 1857. Lucy retired toraise her daughter.
Stone refused to pay property taxes on her home. The "taxationwithout representation" that women still endured, since women hadno vote. The authorities seized some furniture to pay the debt, butthe gesture was widely publicized as a symbolic gesture on behalf of women's rights.
In 1867, Stone again went on a full lecture tour to Kansas and New York, working for woman suffrage state amendments, trying to workfor both black and woman suffrage
In 1879, Massachusetts gave women a limited right to vote: for theschool committee. But, in Boston, the registrars refused to let LucyStone vote unless she used her husband's name.
In 1890, Alice Stone Blackwell, now a leader in the woman suffragemovement in her own right, engineered a re-unification of the twocompeting suffrage organizations.

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