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Stone, Lucy

Born: 1818 AD
Died: 1893 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Abolitionist

1818 – She was born on the 13th day of August this year on her family’s Massachusetts farm near West Brookfield. She was the eighth of nine children, and as she grew up, she watched as her father ruled the household and his wife by "divine right." Disturbed when her mother had to beg her father for money, she was also unhappy with the lack of support in her family for her education. She was faster at learning than her brother, but he was to be educated, she was not.


1839 – Her father would not support her education, and so she alternated her own education with teaching, to earn enough to continue. She attended several institutions, including Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in 1839.


1843 – By age 25, she had saved enough to fund her first year at Oberlin College in Ohio, the country’s first college to admit both women and blacks.


1847 – After four years of study at Oberlin College, all the while teaching and doing housework to pay for the costs, Lucy Stone graduated in this year. Stone returned to Massachusetts, the first woman in that state to receive a college degree; she gave her first public speech: on women’s rights.


1870 – Stone became a leader of the women’s suffrage movement, lecturing extensively on both suffrage and abolition. In 1870 she founded, in Boston, the Woman’s Journal, the publication of the American Woman Suffrage Association, and she continued to edit it for the rest of her life, assisted by her husband and their daughter.


1872 – From this year, she and her husband were in charge of the Woman’s Journal, an effective forum for communicating their views. She continued to be active in the cause of women’s rights almost until the time of her death.


1893 – She passed away at age 75 on the 18th day of October this year in, Dorchester, Massachusetts.


1921 – The Lucy Stone League was founded in New York City. It was reborn in 1997.


2000 – Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls included a song entitled "LucyStoners" on her first solo recording, Stag.