Born in Brookfield, she was one of the first Massachusetts women to graduate from college. She was an ardent abolitionist, a renowned orator, and the founder of the Woman's Journal, the foremost women's suffrage publication of its era.
"Let woman's sphere be bounded only by her capacity."
-Speech, Woman's Rights Convention, Worcester 1851
"From the first years to which my memory stretches I have been a disappointed woman. … In education, in marriage, in religion, in everything disappointment is the lot of women. It shall be the business of my life to deepen this disappointment in every woman's heart until she bows down to it no longer."
-Speech, National Woman's Rights Convention, Cincinnati 1855
"The legal right for woman to record her opinion wherever opinions count, is the tool for whose ownership we ask. "
-Woman's Journal, 1891
"I believe the world grows better, because I believe that in the eternal order there is always a movement, swift or slow, toward what is right and true."
-Last published statement, The Independent, 1893