Today I’m writing from Wikipedia about Alice Stone Blackwell, the American feminist, suffragist, journalist, and human rights advocate.
Alice was born in East Orange, New Jersey, the only child of Henry Browne Blackwell and Lucy Stone on September 14th 1857. Both her parents were suffrage leaders and helped to establish the American Woman Suffrage Association. Alice was also the niece of Elizabeth Blackwell, America’s first female physician. Lucy Stone was the first woman to earn a college degree in Massachusetts, the first woman to keep her maiden name on marriage, and the first to speak about women’s rights full-time.
Alice graduated from Boston University in 1881 at the age of 24. At first she resisted her parents’ cause, but later on became a prominent reformer and champion of women’s rights. She worked for the Women’s Journal after graduation, the paper started by her parents. By 1884 her name was alongside her parents’ on the paper’s masthead. After her mother’s death in 1893 (Lucy Stone was the first New England resident to be cremated), Alice assumed almost sole editing responsibility of the paper.
In 1890 Alice reconciled the American Woman Suffrage Association and the National Woman Suffrage Association, two competing organisations, into the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). From 1890 until 1908 she was the NAWSA’s recording secretary, and in 1909 and 1910 one of the national auditors. She was prominent in the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union activities, and was also president of the New England and Massachusetts Woman Suffrage Associations.
In the 1890’s Alice travelled to Armenia, where she became passionately involved in the Armenian refugee community. She sold some of her possessions in order to feed the Armenian children, and she also provided assistance to adults looking for jobs. She translated many of the country’s works into English, and would continue translating literature and poetry from several other languages until she went blind in later life. She also wrote her mother’s biography, which was published in 1930.
Alice died on March 15th 1950 at the age of 92. She never married. Her home in Uphams Corner is a site on the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail.