Lucy Stone

1818-1893

EARLY LIFE

Lucy Stone was born on Aug. 13th, 1818 in Brookfield Massachusettes. She was the eighth child out of nine, she had three brothers, three sisters, and two more siblings that died before she was born. She was highly intelligant and completed local schools at age 16 even though she had discouragement from her family. After she completed the local schools she taught and saved money for more advanced education.

MID-LIFE

Stone later fell in love in 1854 and agreed to marry Henry Blackwell. She refused to change her last name and wanted to keep her maiden name. She did that until people forced her to use the name Blackwell to vote. Stone and Blackwell had a daughter named Alice in 1857. After Lucy gave her first speech she was hired the next year as an agent for the garrinsonian massachusettes anti-slavery society.

Legacy

Lucy Stone is remembered for her refusal to take her husbands name. She said "Call no man my master" she determined to control her own life. She wanted to obtain the highest education, and to earn her own lifehood. Lucy Stone's refusal to take her husband's name, as an assertion of her own rights, was controversial then, and is largely what she is remembered for today. Women who continue to use their birth name after marriage are still occasionally known as "Lucy Stoners" in the United States.
Lucy Stone died from suffering stomach cancer, she's remembered for being an outspoken speaker and writer. Stone spent most of her life working for women's suffrage. She is also believed to be the first married women to keep her maiden name.