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Throwback Thursday – Lucy Stone and husband, Henry Blackwell

Lucy Stone (August 13, 1818 – October 19, 1893) was an abolitionist and suffragist. In 1847, she became the first woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree. She was instrumental in helping to abolish slavery by helping to establish the Woman’s National Loyal League in order to help pass the Thirteenth Amendment. Along with her husband, Henry Blackwell, she then helped to form the American Woman Suffrage Association. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony formed the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) to secure women’s enfranchisement through a federal constitutional amendment where the AWSA thought that state-by-state campaigns would be more successful. Eventually the two merged to form the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA).

Although Lucy Stone ended up marrying Blackwell, she originally refused his advances because she refused to assume the legal position occupied by a married woman nor did she want to give up control of her life. Blackwell assured her that despite the law, couples could assume equal partnership in a marriage. He believed two was better than one and together each of them could achieve more than they could as individuals. Blackwell was fully supportive of his wife maintaining her family name. Together they had a daughter, Alice Stone Blackwell.

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