One of the First Feminists in the United States

Matilda Joslyn Gage (1826-1898) is the forgotten mother of the women's rights movement. She was a contemporary of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, with whom she co-authored the first three volumes of The History of Woman Suffrage. Gage was always one of the more radical leaders of the movement and her writing focused on the significant accomplishments of women in invention, military affairs and in history.

Early Years
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One of the First American Feminists and Women's Rights Activist

Susan B. Anthony played a pivotal role in the 19th century women's rights and women's suffrage movements in the United States. Working closely with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Anthony was a primary organizer, lecturer and writer for the movements, especially the first phases of the long struggle for women's right to vote. She traveled the United States, averaging 75 to 100 speeches per year.

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Abolitionist and Women's Rights Activist

Ernestine Rose (1810–1892) was an advocate for the abolition of slavery and an orator whose activism was recognized by contemporaries as one of the major intellectual forces behind the women's rights movement in nineteenth-century America. Although she met with discouragements, lack of acknowledgement of her achievements and hostility from women, she was described as "one of the best lecturers of her time."

Early Years
She was born Ernestine Louise Potowski in Peterhof Trybunalski, Poland, …Read More...

Feminist Author and Women's Rights Activist

Elizabeth Oakes Smith (1806-1893) was a poet, novelist, editor, lecturer and women's rights activist whose career spanned six decades. Today Smith is best known for her feminist writings, including "Woman and Her Needs," a series of essays published in the New York Tribune between 1850 and 1851 that argued for women's equal rights to political and economic opportunities, including the right to vote and access to higher education.

Early Years
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One of the First Feminists in the United States

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815–1902) was a social reformer, editor, writer and leading figure in the early women's rights movement. Her Declaration of Sentiments, calling for a full spectrum of rights for women, was presented at the first Women's Rights Convention in 1848. For many years thereafter Stanton was the architect and author of the movement's most important strategies and documents.

Image: Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 1856, with daughter Harriot

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One of the First American Feminists

Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton met at the World's Anti-Slavery Convention in London, where the two discussed the need for a convention about women's rights. Mott and Stanton then became the primary organizers of the Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York in July 1848 - the first women's rights meeting ever held in the United States.

Childhood and Early Years
Lucretia Coffin was born on January 3, 1793, to Quaker …Read More...