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Lucy Stone spoke against slavery and for women

Lucy Stone, 1847

*Lucy Stone was born on this date in 1818. She was a white-American reformer, who was a pioneer in the abolitionist movement and women's rights movement.

Lucy Stone was born near West Brookfield, Mass., and disagreeing with her father's belief that men should be dominant over women, she educated herself and graduated from Oberlin College in 1847.  A woman of great personal magnetism, she toured the country, lecturing against slavery for the Anti-Slavery Society and also advocating equality for women. She was an organizer of the first national women's rights convention held in Worcester, Mass., in 1850.

Five years later she married Henry Blackwell, a crusader for women's suffrage, and by mutual agreement with her husband she retained her maiden name. She then focused on winning equality for women, generally through legislation with many setbacks.  She helped organize the American Woman Suffrage Association in 1869.  In 1872 she and her husband were in charge of the Woman's Journal, an effective forum for communicating their views.

She continued to be active in the cause of slavery and women's rights almost until the time of her death, in Dorchester, Mass., on Oct. 18, 1893.

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