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On July 12, 2019

Bell Ringer: Lucy Stone: Suffragette and Abolitionist

Lucy Stone and the Challenges of Women in the 19th Century

Charlotte Waisman described the early life and legacy of Lucy Stone, the suffragette and first college graduate in Massachusetts.


Lucy Stone was a leading voice in the suffragist and abolitionist movements, fighting for equality for all. She was the first Massachusetts woman to earn a college degree and the first American woman known to refuse to take her husband’s last name. In 1869, Stone split from fellow suffragettes Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, after black men were granted voting rights but not women. Anthony and Stanton formed the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA), while Stone broke off to form the American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA).

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What challenges did women face in the 19th Century?
  • What accomplishments did Lucy Stone achieve? Which of these achievements stands out to you as most significant? Why?
  • Why did the women's movement split after the Civil War? Which side did Lucy Stone take?
  • Black men were granted the right to vote in 1870 (although many were denied through other Jim Crow restrictions). Women were not given the same right until 1920. Why do you think this took so long?

Additional Resources



    • 15th Amendment
    • 19th Amendment
    • Abolitionist
    • American Woman Suffrage Association
    • Freedmen
    • Maiden Name
    • Massachusetts History
    • National Woman Suffrage Association
    • Seneca Falls Convention
    • Suffrage
    • Suffragette


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