Advocate for the Rights of Married Women and the Insane Elizabeth Packard was a social reformer whose experiences in a mental hospital began her quest for protective legislation for the insane and improved married women's rights. She wrote numerous books and lobbied legislatures literally from coast to coast, advocating more stringent commitment laws, protections for the rights of asylum Continued ..
Successful Businesswoman and Humanitarian Mary Ellen Pleasant was a civil rights activist and entrepreneur who used her fortune to further the abolitionist movement. She worked on the Underground Railroad in several states, including California during the Gold Rush and won significant civil rights in the courts, earning the name 'Mother of Civil Rights in California.' Early Years Mary Ellen Continued ..
Feminist and California Pioneer Georgiana Bruce Kirby was a woman with ideas far ahead of her time - an early suffragist, educator and a California pioneer. In a world dominated by men, Kirby's intelligence and questioning mind would not allow her to accept a traditional life in which she could not pursue her ambitions and goals. Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School in Santa Cruz was named in Continued ..
Author and Women's Rights Activist Caroline Wells Healey Dall was an author, journalist, lecturer and champion of women's rights. A feminist and Unitarian Church liberal, Dall played a significant role in the antislavery movement and as spokesperson for woman's access to education and employment. Early Years Caroline Healey was born on June 22, 1822, the oldest of eight children born to Continued ..