Susan B. Anthony, an anti-slavery lecturer, began organizing women’s rights meetings and petition drives in New York State in the 1850s.
She and Elizabeth Cady Stanton became close friends and worked together to promote women’s rights for more than fifty years.
Lucy Stone, another anti-slavery lecturer, also spoke out strongly for women’s rights and, in Stanton’s words, “stirred the nation’s heart on the subject of women’s wrongs.”
With Paulina Wright Davis, Stone organized the first National Women’s Rights Convention in 1850.
When Lucy Stone married Henry Blackwell in 1855, she refused to take his last name and instead kept her own.
Afterward, married women who kept their maiden names were called Lucy Stoners.