Lucy Stone (August 13, 1818 – October 18, 1893) was a prominent American suffragist. She was the wife of abolitionist Henry Brown Blackwell (1825-1909) (the brother of Elizabeth Blackwell) and the mother of Alice Stone Blackwell, another prominent suffragette, journalist and human rights defender. Stone was best known for being the first recorded American woman to keep her own last name upon marriage and being the first woman in Massachusetts to receive a college degree.
Early life and influences
Lucy Stone was born on the 13th of August, 1818, on her family's farm in West Brookfield, Massachusetts. She was the eighth of nine children, and as she grew up, she watched as her father ruled the household and his wife by "divine right." Disturbed when her mother had to beg her father for money, she was also unhappy with the lack of support in her family for her education. She was faster at learning than her brother — but he was to be educated, she was not.
Learn more about Lucy Stone and women's name choice at the Lucy Stone League website.