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Lucy Stone was a leading activist and pioneer of the abolition and women's rights movements.
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In typical Stone fashion, she used the wedding ceremony to voice her protest against marital law by not taking her husband's last name. "A wife should no more take her husband's name than he should hers," she explained. "My name is my identity and must not be lost."
The couple resided in Boston, Massachusetts, and became the parents of a daughter, Alice Stone Blackwell.
As with any high-profile political movement, fissures emerged. After the Civil War, Stone found herself at odds with Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, both former allies who deeply opposed Stone's support for the 15th Amendment. While the amendment only guaranteed black men the right to vote, Stone backed it, reasoning that it would eventually lead to the women's vote as well. Anthony and Stanton strongly disagreed; they felt that the amendment was a half-measure, and resented what they perceived as Stone's betrayal of the women's rights movement.
In 1890, however, thanks in large part to the hard work of Stone's daughter, Alice, and Stanton's daughter, Harriot Stanton Blatch, the women's rights movement reunified.
While Stone did live to see the end of slavery, she died 30 years before women were finally permitted to vote (August 1920), on October 18, 1893, in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Her ashes were buried at Boston's Forest Hill Cemetery.
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