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November 25

Compiled and Written by Irene Stuber
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Lucy Stone on Women's Progress


QUOTES by Robin Morgan, Hester Mundis, and Russell and R. Emerson Dobash.

In Her Speech...

      Event 11-25/26-1856, the 7th National Woman's Rights Convention was held in New York City chaired by Lucy Stone. The progress report, made only EIGHT years after the first call for women's rights in the history of this nation in 1848, is startling. In her address Lucy Stone said:
"Our first effort... where a few women were gathered, who had learned woman's rights by woman's wrongs...
      "Never before has any reformatory movement gained so much in so short a time. When we began, the statute books were covered with laws against women... Now almost every Northern state has more or less modified its laws... "

[You can read Stone's entire speech in the WiiN Library.]

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Event: 11-25-1715, Sybilla Masters, who divided her time between England and the United States did not receive English Patent #401 for her machines and methods for preparing Indian corn. It went to her husband Thomas because of the strictures against women.
      The patent documents clearly state Sybilla invented the process and her signed drawings show the method of operation. She also invented a method for using palmetto leaves to make hats, the patent again going to her husband, who formally acknowledged her as the inventor.
      On July 15, 1717, the State of Pennsylvania granted Sybilla patent rights in her own name. Why no female Edisons? Because the law forbade it.

B. 11-25-1846, Carrie Nation, the lady of the hatchet. This American temperance leader would take a band of women into a saloon and destroy it with her hatchet. Some had concerns over her sanity and there were many public comments on her emotional instability. She was NEVER - NEVER a leader in the women's temperance movement - always a loose cannon. She stopped her march of destruction when a woman saloon owner in defense of her saloon assaulted Nation and gave her a sound thrashing.

B. 11-25-1865, Kate Gleason, extraordinary businesswoman who as a salesperson in the late 1800's did the unthinkable: actually traveled by herself to sell her father's toolmaking products, even to Europe. When automobiles became the rage, Gleason turned her sales abilities to Detroit and she was so successful that she became the first woman member of several engineering groups. Later she became the president of a bank, turned a bankrupt toolmaking business into profit, and went into real estate, building and restoring housing areas. She developed several resort areas including Beaufort, SC.

B. 11-25-1872, Winifred Margarita Kirkland, author of religious books but had to publish them under the male pseudonym of James Priceman.

B. 11-25-1895, Helen Hooven Santmeyer, author of And Ladies of the Club. When her book became famous, she was 92 and living in a nursing home. Her longtime companion, Mildred Sandoe, was also living in the same home. Santmeyer had written three books while young but became a librarian in her beloved small Ohio town instead.

B. 11-25-1900 (06?), Helen Mary Gahagan Douglas, stage and screen actor. Became active in the WPA and youth organizations during the depression. US Congressional Representative 1945-51 and lost the race for U.S. Senate to Richard M. Nixon, who conducted what is still considered one of the dirtiest political campaigns in U.S. history.

Event 11-25-1909: the "Uprising of the Twenty Thousand," the strike of more than 25,000 women of the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) that called for higher wages and better working conditions.

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      "I'm just a person trapped inside a woman's body."
            -- Robin Morgan

      "There is no such thing as a non-working mother."
            -- Hester Mundis

      "Despite our fears to the contrary, it is not a stranger but a so-called loved one who is most likely to assault, rape, or murder us."
            -- Russell and R. Emerson Dobash

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