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When Anna Howard Shaw was a young woman, she wore pants and short hair. She gave it up eventually because she got too many comments, but she couldn’t hide her ambition, and her certainty she could do better than a man. Turn-of-the-century thread. She…

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Was suffrage a legitimate charitable cause? "501c3" refers to a section of the tax code. Tax exempt status for voluntary, religious & educational orgs took its current form between 1894-1913. But before that, trusts & estates law was where…

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In 1893, inspired by Ida B Wells’ call to do something to fight lynching, Josephine St Pierre Ruffin founded the Woman’s Era Club in Boston. Two years later she invited dozens of other Black women’s clubs that had sprung up around the country to…

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Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin was an incredible organizer of women. In 1879 she started the Boston Kansas Relief Assoc. to raise money to support Exodusters - the first African-Americans to leave the South en masse. She helped Lucy Stone & Julia…

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I am particularly fond of Josephine St Pierre Ruffin because she was an avid defender of Ida B Wells. Josephine moved among society women both white and Black and wasn’t afraid to disagree with them, especially in defense of unpopular or…

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Black Boston in the 1870s was thriving. In Massachusetts, unlike NY & PA, Black men voted before the war. After, 6 Af-Am men served in the state legislature (and all supported woman suffrage). One, George Ruffin, Harvard Law Class of 1869,…

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So many great suffragists were born for the struggle. They were iconoclasts, rebels from the beginning. Many remained unmarried, or married unusual men who respected them. Not Julia Ward Howe. 🧵She was born wealthy, raised privileged, and nicely…

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Did you know that the first American woman to speak for equal rights in public, in front of men, was a Black woman? And that she made sure her speeches were published and circulated? When? More than 15 years before Seneca Falls. Who? 👇🧵Maria W.…

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Nancy Lenox & Sarah Parker Remond were mother/daughter free Black women & leading abolitionists. Sarah 👇 traveled & lectured on the sexual abuse of enslaved women. In 1853 she sued & won $500 after being ejected from a Boston opera house.…
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