Paulina Wright Davis


Editor of the First Feminist Periodical, The Una

Paulina Kellogg Wright Davis (1813–1876) was an abolitionist and feminist whose work in social reform extended over forty years. A wealthy and independent woman, she organized the First National Women's Rights Convention in 1850, and another on the 20th anniversay of that occasion, at which she read from her written work, A [Read More ...]

Abigail Scott Duniway


Champion for Women's Right to Vote

Abigail Scott Duniway (1834–1915) was a true pioneer who rose from simple beginnings as an Illinois farm girl to become a nationally known champion of women's suffrage in the Pacific Northwest, as well as a significant author, and editor and publisher of a pro-women's rights newspaper.

Well-read, well-informed, and interested in public issues, Duniway [Read More ...]

Frances Willard


First Woman College President in the United States

Frances Willard was an author, educator, public speaker, social reformer and suffragist. A pioneer in the temperance movement, Frances Willard is also remembered for her contributions to higher education. From the time she assumed presidency of the Women's Christian Temperance Union in 1879 until her death, Willard used her powerful position to [Read More ...]

Isabella Beecher Hooker


19th Century Women's Rights Leader

Isabella Beecher Hooker (1822–1907) was prominent in the movement to secure equal rights for women. She was a leader, lecturer and activist for women's suffrage (the right to vote) who refused to succumb to society's standards of what a woman's role should be. When she discovered that a married woman had no legal rights independent [Read More ...]

Victoria Woodhull


First Woman to Run for President of the United States

Victoria Woodhull (1838– June 9, 1927) was a leader of the women's suffrage movement. She was the first woman to own a brokerage firm on Wall Street, the first woman to start a weekly newspaper, and an activist for women's rights and labor reform. At her peak of political activity [Read More ...]

Helen Pitts Douglass


Educator, Feminist and Wife of Frederick Douglass

Helen Pitts Douglass (1838–1903) was a teacher and feminist, and the second wife of former slave, abolitionist and women's rights advocate Frederick Douglass. She created the Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association, and spent the last years of her life trying to build a memorial to her deceased husband, who is recognized as [Read More ...]