Alice Stone Blackwell

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(1857-1950)

Alice Stone Blackwell was born in New Jersey in 1857 to Lucy Stone and Henry Browne Blackwell. Her mother was the first woman to keep her maiden name in marriage as well as the first American woman to earn a college degree. She was also the woman who introduced Susan B. Anthony to the suffragist movement. The Stone/Blackwell family relocated to Boston in 1870, and Alice inherited her parents’ passion for human rights and gender equality.

Upon her graduation from Boston University in 1881, Alice became an editor for The Woman’s Journal, her parents’ publication and the major publication of women’s rights at the time. Following their deaths, she became the editor-in-chief. In 1890, she was able to reconcile the two separate factions of the sufferage movement and formed the National Woman American Sufferage Association, an organization for which she served as the recording secretary until 1918. During this time, she also settled in Cambridge.

Alice was also a human rights activist and became involved in the Armenian movement in Boston in the mid-1890’s. This culminated with her translating and publishing Aremenian Poems in 1896. The first edition sold out within days and is rumored to be the only book to need to be reprinted fifteen days after its initial publication. Alice also translated poems from Russia and Spain later in life.

In 1945, Alice was awarded a Doctorate of Humanities from her alma mater, Boston University. She passed away at the age of 92 in March of 1950.