Suffragist of the Month

Suffragist of the Month - March 2015

Suffragist of the Month – March 2015

Kate Malcolm Sheppard,  1847 –  1934 American women certainly had no exclusive claim to the quest for woman suffrage. Women around the world worked tirelessly for political equality, experiencing much the same frustrations and, ultimately successes as our suffragists did. Katherine (Kate) Malcolm was born around March 10, 1847 in Liverpool, England, and moved to New Zealand in […]

Suffragist of the Month - February 2015

Suffragist of the Month – February 2015

Lavinia Lloyd Dock, 1858 – 1956 Lavinia Lloyd Dock was born Feb. 26, 1858 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Despite a privileged family upbringing, she chose the rigors of training as a nurse at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, and worked as a visiting nurse among the poor. An early advocate of women’s rights, she was arrested for […]

Suffragist of the Month – January, 2015

MAUD WOOD PARK Maud Wood Park was born in Boston January 25, 1871. In her senior year at Radcliffe College she heard a speech by Miss Alice Stone Blackwell, daughter of Lucy Stone, which inspired her to join the Massachusetts Suffrage Association. She and fellow student Inez Haynes Irwin later founded the Equal College Suffrage League, […]

Suffragist of the Month – December 2014

Fanny Garrison Villard 1844 – 1928 When Helen Frances Garrison was born in Boston, December 16, 1844, women enjoyed few rights, and political equality was just a dream. But Helen Frances (called Fanny) was fortunate  to claim as her parents Helen Eliza Garrison and noted abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison. Both Garrisons valued education for girls as […]

Suffragist of the Month - November

Suffragist of the Month – November

Sarah Moore Grimké,  1792 – 1873 Sarah Moore Grimké was born in Charleston, South Carolina November 26, 1792, to a wealthy and influential family, one of fourteen children. From an early age she railed against the strictures imposed upon the girls of the family, particularly the lack of a comprehensive education. While her brothers learned mathematics, […]

Suffragist of The Month - October

Suffragist of The Month – October

Belva Ann Lockwood 1830 – 1917  Today, in October of 2014 with three women sitting on the Supreme Court it seems unbelievable that until 1879 women attorneys (of which there were few) were not even permitted to present cases before the Supreme Court. Women were discouraged from becoming attorneys, since most law schools would not […]

Suffragist of the Month - September

Suffragist of the Month – September

Jane Addams 1860 – 1935   Laura Jane Addams was born in Cedarville, Illinois on September 6, 1860 youngest of nine children. Her father was a state senator, and a wealthy industrialist, but her childhood was not without challenges. Her mother died when she was two years old, and two years later she suffered from […]

Suffragist of the Month – August

Lucy Stone August 13, 1818 Lucy Stone represented women active in the early days of the suffrage battle. Born in West Brookfield, MA, in 1818, she first worked for abolition, and later for suffrage. A colleague of both Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, she worked with them at the National Woman Suffrage Association, […]

Suffragist of the Month - July

Suffragist of the Month – July

Sarah J. Smith Thompson Garnet, July 31, 1831 African-American Champion of Voting Rights for Women Sarah Garnet was born on Long Island July 31, 1831 to Sylvanus Smith and Ann Eliza Springsteel Smith.  Her parents were of mixed race, Native-American, black and white, and had lived for a time on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation on […]

Suffragist of the Month - June

Suffragist of the Month – June

Jeanette Rankin Jeanette Rankin is probably best known for being the first woman elected to the United States Congress, but few people know that she began her life of public service as a suffragist, a campaign that helped her hone skills that would carry her to the House of Representatives in Washington in 1916. There […]

Suffragist of the Month -  May

Suffragist of the Month – May

Amelia Jenks Bloomer, May 27, 1818  Amelia Jenks Bloomer is one of my favorite suffragists, not just because she introduced Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Susan B. Anthony, thus providing us with a wonderful team who worked tirelessly together for suffrage for over 50 years, but because of her courage. She first let her voice be […]

Suffragist of The Month - April

Suffragist of The Month – April

Mary Louise Booth Mary Louise Booth was born in Millville, Long Island (later known as Yaphank) April 19, 1831. Her father, William  Booth was the local miller and schoolteacher who believed strongly in the value of education for girls. Through diligent study she became fluent in seven foreign languages and later, when her father became […]

Suffragist of the Month  - March

Suffragist of the Month – March

Matilda Joslyn Gage Matilda Joslyn Gage was born on March 24, 1826 in Cicero, New York. Her father, a physician and scholar, educated her from her early years on legal and social issues, which resulted in her embracing progressive causes from a young age. She was an active abolitionist whose home was a stop on the Underground Railroad […]

Suffragists of the Month, February

Suffragists of the Month, February

Susan B. Anthony   February 15, 1820 marks the birthday of one of the founders of the woman suffrage movement, Susan B. Anthony, and what better place to celebrate it than at the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace and Museum in Adams, Massachusetts. I was privileged to speak there last spring, and was gratified to find that the […]

Suffragist of the Month - January

Suffragist of the Month – January

Carrie Chapman Catt Today marks the birthday of one of the great leaders of the suffrage movement, Carrie Chapman Catt. Born January 9, 1859, Catt was devoted to the suffrage cause, and spent most of her life working towards the goal of political equality for all. Catt was not a contemporary of the founders of […]