The March4… equal rights: Lucy Stone

By MHC Development on March 4, 2020 at 10:04 AM

From the beginning, Mount Holyoke has attracted and fostered the growth of women who go on to make an indelible mark on the world. One of these notable students is Lucy Stone, a suffragist in the 1800’s. Now remembered as an influential women’s rights and abolitionist leader, Lucy’s origins were humble. Though she demonstrated a strong aptitude for knowledge and learning as a child, Lucy’s father forbade her from pursuing a formal education. Undeterred, she enrolled at Mount Holyoke at age nineteen, paying her own way through school from her income as a teacher. She was so confident in her decision to pursue an education that she later repaid her father the income she would have made had she not attended Mount Holyoke.

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International Women’s Day –#BeBoldForChange

By MHC Development on March 8, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Today is International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, and a call for gender parity in the world. International Women’s Day has been celebrated for over a century, beginning in 1908, where 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. Then, on February 28, 1909, the first National Woman's Day was observed across the United States. (Coincidentally, February 28 is also Mary Lyon’s birthday, whose contributions to women’s education and empowerment are certainly well known!)

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