Today in Feminist History: The American Revolution Brought Liberty to Some (July 4, 1876)

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Today in Feminist History is our daily recap of the major milestones and minor advancements that shaped women’s history in the U.S.—from suffrage to Shirley Chisholm and beyond. These posts were written by, and are presented in homage to, our late staff historian and archivist, David Dismore.


July 4, 1876: An eloquent and timely reminder that the American Revolution has brought liberty and equality to only some of our citizens over the past century became an unauthorized part of the nation’s Centennial Celebration here at Independence Square in Philadelphia today. 

Susan B. Anthony, Matilda Joslyn Gage, Sara Andrews Spencer, Lillie Devereux Blake and Phoebe W. Couzins presented a “Declaration of Rights of the Women of the United States” – written by Anthony, Gage, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton on behalf of the National Woman Suffrage Association – to…

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