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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 American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA), which built support for a woman suffrage Constitutional amendment by winning woman suffrage at the state and local levels.
Stone wrote extensively about a wide range of women's rights, publishing and distributing speeches by herself and others, and convention proceedings.
In 1847, Stone became 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.
But she later came to realize that custom was to blame, and the injustice only demonstrated “the necessity of making custom right, if it must rule.” From the examples of her mother, Aunt Sally, and a neighbor neglected by her husband and left destitute, Stone early learned that women were at the mercy of their husbands’ good will.
As a child, Lucy resented instances of what she saw as her father’s unfair management of the family’s money.Although Stone recalled that “There was only one will in our family, and that was my father’s,” she described the family government characteristic of her day.Hannah Stone earned a modest income through selling eggs and cheese but was denied any control over that money, sometimes denied money to purchase things Francis considered trivial.Like Kelley, she stubbornly raised her hand for each of the remaining five votes.After completing a year at coeducational Monson Academy in the summer of 1841, Stone learned that Oberlin Collegiate Institute in Ohio had become the first college in the nation to admit women and had bestowed college degrees on three women.