AUGUST 13, 1818–OCTOBER 18, 1893
Lucy Stone was born in West Brookfield, Massachusetts, in 1818. She was a teacher, public speaker, newspaper publisher, and organizer. When she married Henry Browne Blackwell, she went against tradition for married women by keeping her own last name.
Before the Civil War (1861-1865), Stone was both a women’s rights activist and an abolitionist lecturer who worked to pass the 13th Amendment, which ended slavery. Four years after the war, she helped form the American Woman Suffrage Association. AWSA supported the 15th Amendment, which granted Black men the right to vote. This was seen as controversial by some suffragists, such as Susan B. Anthony, who thought it was more important to get white women the right to vote first. Though Stone wished that the 15th Amendment included suffrage for women, she believed that gaining voting rights for any disenfranchised group helped move America toward equality for all.
After the 15th Amendment was ratified, Stone dedicated the rest of her life to women’s rights. In 1870, she started an influential newspaper called the Woman’s Journal, which she edited until she died in 1893 at age 75.
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