Feminist and revolutionary Qiu Jin was born in 1875 in China. She was vocal about women's rights and pressed for better access to education for women. At the time it was still customary for women to have their feet bound at the age of five, rendering women crippled and severely dependent on others. Qiu Jin encouraged women to resist oppression by their families and by the government, and to gain financial independence through education. She was beheaded by the authorities at the age of 31.
Anna Maria Mozzoni (1837-1920) Known as the founder of the Italian Women’s Movement. In 1864, Mozzoni wrote a feminist critique of Italian family law, and presented a petition to parliament for women’s suffrage. Twelve years later, Mozzoni represented Italy at the International Congress on Women’s Rights in Paris. In 1881 she also founded the League for the Promotion of the Interests of Women (Lega promotrice degli interessi femminili) in Milan
In 1848, the State of New York became the first in the U.S. to pass a law granting married women the right to control their own property. Prior to that, women ceded all legal rights to their husbands upon marriage in a practice called coverture. By 1900, every state had given women substantial control over their property. (Pictured: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who was instrumental in the passage of the 1848 New York State Married Women's Property Act. Photo Credit: Wikipedia)
Lucretia Coffin Mott (1793-1880) "..was an American Quaker, abolitionist, social reformer, and proponent of women's rights. She is said to be one of the first American feminists in the early 19th century...an early advocate for women's political power and influence in America, where women could not vote until 1920."
Lucy Stone (August 13, 1818 – October 19, 1893) was a prominent American abolitionist and suffragist, and a vocal advocate and organizer promoting rights for women. In 1847, Stone was 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. Stone was the first recorded American woman to retain her own last name after marriage.
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Katharine Martha Houghton Hepburn (1878 – 1951) was an American feminist social reformer and a leader of the suffrage movement in the United States. Hepburn served as president of the Connecticut Woman's Suffrage Association before joining the National Woman's Party. Alongside Margaret Sanger, she co-founded the organization that would become Planned Parenthood. She was the mother of Katharine Hepburn.
"We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever." —Susan B. Anthony, Declaration of Rights for Women, July 1876
It was 1917 when members of the National Women’s Party picketed outside the White House, demanding the right to #vote. The Night of Terror took place on Nov 15 when the warden at the Workhouse Prison ordered his guards to teach the suffragists a lesson. For weeks, the women’s only water had come from an open pail. Their food had been infested with worms. But on this night, some 40 prison guards wielding clubs beat the women senseless — grabbing, dragging, choking, kicking and pinching them.