Lucy Stone -Suffragist and Abolitionist (Updated)
1818-1893, A Woman of Firsts!
Lucy Stone was a woman of firsts. Lucy’s daughter, Alice wrote this opening paragraph[i] in a biography of her mother. It speaks to the nature of the family that produced one avid abolitionist and two determined suffragists.
"Lucy Stone was born August 13, 1818. She was the eighth of nine children. Her mother, a farmer’s wife, had milked eight cows the night before Lucy was born, a sudden shower having called all the men of the family into the hayfield to save the hay. When told of the sex of the new baby, she said sadly, “Oh, Dear! I am sorry it is a girl. A woman’s life is so hard!” No one then could foresee that the little girl just born was destined to make life less hard for all the generations of little girls that were to follow.”
Following are Lucy’s milestones.
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[i] Blackwell, Alice Stone. Lucy Stone: Pioneer of Woman's Rights. Charlottesville: UP of Virginia, 2001. Page 1, paragraph 1.