Rose Winslow on Hungry for the Vote

"God knows we don’t want other women ever to have to do this over again.” Rose Winslow  was brought as a baby to the United States by her Polish parents so that she could grow up in a free democratic country.  Her father labored as a coal miner and steel worker and as a child …

Victoria Woodhull on the 47%

Victoria Claflin Woodhull, the first woman candidate for the presidency of the United States, ran for office in 1872, sixty years before women had the right to vote. The first woman stockbroker, opening a brokerage firm on Wall Street with her sister in 1870, and first woman newspaper publisher, Woodhull was born poor, received only three years of …

Susan B. Anthony on the Right to Vote

I wonder what Susan B. Anthony would say in this age of voter identification and suppression? This is what she said at her trial for voting illegally in 1873. ...the United States Constitution, the supreme law of this land, says, "All persons born or naturalized in the United States...are citizens; no State shall deny or abridge the privileges …

Beatrice Potter Webb on Ruling the World

Beatrice Potter Webb  (1858-1943) is best known for the work she did as a social reformer and economist with her husband Sidney Webb and for coining the term collective bargaining. Together they published the book The History of Trade Unionism and traveled England trying to break down the poor laws. In 1895 they founded the …

Jane Addams on Democracy

Jane Addams  [1860-1935] is well-known for her work at Hull House helping the indigent. She is lesser known for her crusade for women's suffrage and world peace, and her philosophical writings. In 1931 she became the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Addams had three ethical principles we would do well to hold today. Teach by …

Virginia Penny On Women’s Employment

 To write her book The Employments of Women: A Cyclopaedia of Women’s Work (1863) Viginia Penny interviewed hundreds of women across the country. In the book she listed five hundred possible occupations for women, railed against the artificial barriers that prevented women from entering certain fields of works, and critiqued the wage differential between men and women. When …

Lucretia Mott on Truth

The Quaker minister, Lucretia Mott, lived from 1793 to 1880. During that time she fought to reform society in every way she could. She believed that forming organized groups and taking action against social injustice was the way to bring about change. She founded the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society (1833), was the impetus behind the …

Mary Wollstonecraft on Reason

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-97) was an educator and writer. She is considered the first major feminist. Inspired by Thomas Paine and his group of ‘Radicals’ she took the doctrine of inalienable human rights that was sparking a revolution in America and applied it to women. Her writings inspired women and inflamed men. She was called “a …

Women & Words & Wisdom

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Letters, diaries, recipe books, novels, tweets, articles, histories, poetry, e-mails, songs… What haven’t women written over the ages? The purpose of this blog is to celebrate women’s writings, mine included. Women’s words will be selected from the gamut of literature from all times and all places. The selection process will be simple. I will not …