August 13, 2012 - Happy Birthday, Lucy Stone

She was a pioneer in so many ways. But not the little-house-in-the-prairie way!

Lucy Stone is credited as being the first woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree, and the first woman in all of America to keep her own last name after marriage. She spoke out against slavery and for women's rights at a time when women weren't supposed to speak publicly about anything.

She helped set up the first National Women's Rights Convention, and later the Women's National Loyal League, which helped pass the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (which abolished slavery), and later the American Woman Suffrage Association, which helped to (eventually) win the right for women to vote.

And at one of Lucy Stone's speeches, she inspired another woman to take up the cause of women's suffrage. That woman was Susan B. Anthony.

Born on this date in 1818, Lucy Stone's last words to her daughter were, “Make the world better.” I think that should be a motto to live by for all of us, don't you?

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