Women’s Suffrage

1940 5¢ Louisa May Alcott
November 29, 1832

Birth of Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott was born on November 29, 1832, in Germantown, Pennsylvania. A prolific author of more than 270 works, she’s most well-known for her novel, Little Women.

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1940 5¢ Frances Elizabeth Willard Famous Americans Series – Educators
September 28, 1839

Birth of Frances Willard

Frances Elizabeth Caroline Willard was born on September 28, 1839, in Churchville, New York. She was a leading figure in the temperance and women’s suffrage movements in the late 1800s, though she wouldn’t live to see the passage of the 18th and 19th Amendments that achieved her goals.

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1948 3¢ 100 Years of Progress of Women
July 19, 1848

First Women’s Rights Convention in the US

On July 19, 1848, the Women’s Rights Convention, also known as the Seneca Falls Convention, opened in New York. The convention’s attendants issued a declaration calling for equal rights, including the right to vote.

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1995 78¢ Alice Paul stamp
January 11, 1885

Birth of Alice Paul

Alice Paul was born on January 11, 1885, in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.  Paul was a leader in the women’s suffrage movement, staging protests and parades to gain support for the right to vote. 

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1986 17¢ Great Americans: Belva Ann Lockwood stamp
November 30, 1880

Belva Lockwood Argues Before Supreme Court

On November 30, 1880, Belva Ann Lockwood became the first woman to argue a case before the US Supreme Court. She was the first female member of the US Supreme Court Bar and paved the way for future female lawyers.

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1990 25¢ Literary Arts: Marianne Moore stamp
November 15, 1887

Birth of Marianne Moore

Marianne Craig Moore was born on November 15, 1887, in Kirkwood, Missouri.  Considered one of the greatest American female poets, Moore received several distinguished literary awards during her lifetime.

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1948 3¢ Progress of Women stamp
November 12, 1815

Birth of Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Suffragist and abolitionist Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born on November 12, 1815, in Johnstown, New York.  She was a leader of the women’s rights movement and the driving force behind the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls in 1848.

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1968 50¢ Lucy Stone stamp
August 13, 1818

Birth of Lucy Stone

Abolitionist and Suffragist Lucy Stone was born on August 13, 1818, in West Brookfield, Massachusetts. Stone dedicated her life to helping women receive the same rights as men. She was the first woman from her state to earn a college degree and is considered the “heart and soul” of the women’s rights movement.

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2009 Anna Julia Cooper stamp
August 10, 1858

Birth of Anna Julia Cooper

Author and activist Anna Julia Haywood Cooper was born on August 10, 1858, in Raleigh, North Carolina. She fought for education for women and African Americans and is often called the “Mother of Black Feminism.”

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