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Lucy Stone, American Abolitionist
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Lucy Stone (August 13, 1818 - October 19, 1893) was a prominent American abolitionist and suffragist, and a vocal advocate and organizer promoting rights for women. In 1847, Stone was the first woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree. She spoke out for women's rights and against slavery at a time when women were discouraged and prevented from public speaking. Stone was the first recorded American woman to retain her own last name after marriage. She assisted in establishing the Woman's National Loyal League to help pass the Thirteenth Amendment and thereby abolish slavery, after which she helped form the largest group of like-minded women's rights reformers, the politically-moderate American Woman Suffrage Association, which worked for decades at the state level in favor of women's right to vote. Stone wrote extensively about a wide range of women's rights, publishing and distributing speeches by herself and others, and convention proceedings. In the long-running Woman's Journal, a weekly periodical that she established and promoted, Stone aired both her own and differing views about women's rights. Together, Anthony, Stanton, and Stone have been called the 19th century triumvirate of women's suffrage and feminism. She died in 1893 at the age of 75. In 1968, the 150th anniversary of her birth, the US Postal Service honored Stone with a 50 cent postage stamp in the Prominent Americans series.
June 2nd, 2013
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