Higher ed.


Higher ed.


Second & third generation suffragists had much more access to formal education than the women who came before them. Anna Julia Cooper, Mary Church Terrell, and Ida Gibbs Hunt graduated from @oberlincollege in 1884. 🧵

They weren’t the first Black women at Oberlin - Mary Jane Patterson 👇🏾graduated in 1862. Oberlin was founded by abolitionists in 1833; by the 1880s 5-6% of students were African American.

Anna Julia Cooper fought to study with men at Oberlin, not segregated into a “ladies’ course.” She won, and graduated with a master's in math. 40 years later she earned her PhD at the University of Paris. She was 66.

Lucy Stone was one of the only women in the founding suffragist generation to go to college; she graduated from Oberlin in 1847. She didn’t leave with fond feelings, though. See 👇🏾

Stone was younger than Lucretia Mott, a grandmother of the movement. When she was born in 1793, a university education was out of the question for a girl. In 1864 Mott helped start @swarthmore. Alice Paul graduated Swarthmore class of 1905. Suffragist Mabel Vernon was '06.

Alice went on to the London School of Economics, but dropped her courses to train with UK suffragettes. After imprisonment & force-feeding, she came home to recuperate. Her idea of rest was a PhD at @Penn. Her dissertation was “The Legal Position of Women in Pennsylvania.”

In 2004 Swarthmore students voted to name a new dorm Alice Paul Hall. In 2018 Oberlin named its main library in honor of Mary Church Terrell. @obielib I couldn’t find anything significant named for Anna Julia Cooper, Ida Gibbs-Hunt or Lucy Stone. #Suffrage100 #BlackSuffragists


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Daily Suffragist, “Higher ed.,” Daily Suffragist, accessed March 9, 2021, https://dailysuffragist.omeka.net/items/show/424.

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