Lucy Stone (1818-1893)
“I believe that the influence of woman will save the country before every other power. We ask only for justice and equal rights-the right to vote, the right to our own earnings, equality before the law.”
Lucy Stone spent her life fighting inequality as a leading suffragist and abolitionist. Stone was the first Massachusetts woman to earn a college degree and defied gender norms by refusing to take her husband’s last name.
Following her graduation from college, Stone was hired by abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, helping him write and deliver abolition speeches as she also became involved in women’s rights. Two years after the Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention, Stone organized the first national Women’s Rights Convention in Massachusetts. While many other suffrage activists denounced the 14th and 15th Amendments for excluding women in the right to vote, Stone accepted the amendments as accomplishments for the abolition cause while continuing to work for women’s suffrage. She gave numerous speeches advocating for women’s rights and helped in laying the foundation for the eventual passage of the 19th Amendment.