Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, seated, and Susan B. Anthony, standing
Library of Congress
Lucy Stone's Marriage Protest
Lucy Stone was a lifelong reformer, fighting for both women’s and African American’s rights. Stone, born in 1818, attended Oberlin College and upon graduating in 1847 she continued her fight for rights. In 1855, despite being married herself, Stone wrote a protest on marriage. In this protest, Stone focused on the lack of freedom the woman has within the marriage. Stone believed “marriage should be an equal and permanent partnership” between two people and that their decisions should be made together.
Sojourner Truth, "Ain't I a Woman?"
Sojourner Truth was an abolitionist and a women’s right activist throughout her life. She was born a slave in 1797, but in 1827 Truth ran away to the North. In 1851, she delivered the speech “Ain’t I a Woman?” at a woman’s rights conference. She was the only female speaker at this conference. In her speech, Truth focused on the idea that, despite her race, she too was a woman and deserved to be treated as one.
Crusade for the Vote is a comprehensive educational resource for students and teachers that examines the history of the U.S. woman's suffrage movement.