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Exhibition Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

Frances “Fanny” Wright (1795–1852). Frontispiece of volume one of the History of Woman Suffrage, 2nd edition, edited by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Matilda Joslyn Gage. Rochester, NY: Susan B. Anthony, 1887. Carrie Chapman Catt’s copy in the NAWSA Collection, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress (006.00.00)

Free Love, Socialism, and Women’s Rights

Scottish freethinker Frances “Fanny” Wright was among the first women to go on the lecture circuit. Her utopian socialist ideas and unconventional lifestyle attracted women’s rights advocates, including women’s education proponent Emma Willard and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who had worked with Wright’s protégée Ernestine Rose to reform married women’s property laws in 1840s New York. Stanton acknowledged Wright’s influence by placing the Scotswoman’s picture on the frontispiece of volume one of the History of Woman Suffrage.

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