Lucy Stone was a leading light in the suffragist movement, she refused to change her name after her marriage, saying that her name was her identity. She refused to pay her taxes, like many women in the movement, claiming the government had no right to her payment as she had no legal representation in congress, no taxation without representation. She attended Oberlin College and was the first women in Massachusetts to earn a college degree. She refused to write the commencement address for her class, as women were not allowed to speak in public, someone else would have to read it. She fought for women’s and black suffrage and was a radical voice in a time when women should have stayed home quietly, how can you not admire her!!
“I think, with never-ending gratitude, that the young women of today do not and can never know at what price their right to free speech and to speak at all in public has been earned.” 1893