Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells (1862-1931) was born in Mississippi to a family of Reconstruction activists. She befriended Susan B. Anthony and founded the Alpha Suffrage Club to promote Black woman’s suffrage.  Upon visiting Boston, she joined...

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Needham Suffrage

Needham Suffrage The debate over woman’s right to vote reached into Needham as well, with groups in in town aligned on both sides of the issue. On June 12, 1873, the Needham Woman Suffrage Club was formed, meeting at the home of...

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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was founded on January 13, 1913 at Howard University. They joined the March 3, 1913 parade in Washington. Their 22 members along with other African American groups joined the...

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Carrie Chapman Catt

Carrie Chapman Catt (1859-1947) was the leader of the National American Woman Suffrage Association from 1900-1904 and then in 1915-1920. She founded National League of Women Voters in 1920 just prior to the passage of the 19th...

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Alice Paul and Lucy Burns

Alice Paul (1885-1977) and Lucy Burns (1879-1966) were influential leaders of the late period of the national suffrage movement, based in Washington, DC. They organized the1913 Washington March and Silent Sentinel White House...

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Worcester Suffrage Convention

Worcester Suffrage Convention, October 23-24, 1850 Two years after Seneca Falls Convention, the first national convention for woman’s rights was held in Worcester. Over 1,000 delegates from 11 states attended. The convention was...

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Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth (1797 – 1883)  was born into slavery in New York, lived in Northampton, Massachusetts, and lectured extensively in Massachusetts on women’s rights and women’s suffrage. She was famous for her “Ain’t I a Woman”...

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Lucy Stone

Lucy Stone (1818-1893) was born in West Brookfield, MA. She was a prominent orator, abolitionist, and suffragist, and a vocal advocate and organizer promoting rights for women. She was the founder and editor of the Woman’s...

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Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) escaped slavery in Maryland. His lifelong commitment to women’s rights reflected a belief that rights should be universal, not limited by race or gender. He believed that disenfranchised groups...

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Eliza La Croix

Eliza La Croix was the founder of the Needham Suffrage Club, formed in 1873 at the La Croix home on May Street. In 1987 the name was changed to the Needham Suffrage League, and Mrs. La Croix was elected as the first president of...

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Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin

Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin (1842-1924) was born in Boston. She was an African-American publisher, journalist, civil rights leader, suffragist, and editor of the Woman’s Era, the first national newspaper published by and...

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Alice Stone Blackwell

Alice Stone Blackwell (1857 –1950) was the daughter of suffragists and activists Lucy Stone and Henry Blackwell. She was born in New Jersey but lived most of her life in Massachusetts. She was an American feminist, suffragist,...

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Maude Wood Park

Maude Wood Park (1871-1955) was born in Boston. She co-founded the Boston Equal Suffrage Association for Good Government. She served as chief lobbyist for the National American Woman Suffrage Association during the time leading...

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Susan Walker Fitzgerald

Susan Walker Fitzgerald (1871-1943) was born in Boston. She was a suffrage leader, speaker, writer and politician. In 1922, she became the first women from the Democratic Party elected to the Massachusetts House of...

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Blanche Ames

Blanche Ames (1878 –1969) was born in Lowell. She was an American botanical researcher, artist, political activist, inventor, writer, and prominent supporter of women’s suffrage and birth control. In 1915, while serving as...

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Florence Luscomb

Florence Luscomb (February 6, 1887–October 13, 1985) was born in Lowell. She was an American architect and women’s suffrage activist in Massachusetts. She was one of the first ten women to graduate from the Massachusetts...

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Melnea Cass

Melnea Cass (1896 – 1978) was an American community and civil rights activist. She was deeply involved in women’s suffrage activities for all of her life. As a young woman, she helped to organize Black women to register to...

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