Rebecca Edwards, who began a stint as a Dutchess County, New York legislator this year, must have read A Shocking & Unnatural Incident. Why else would she know that the early women’s rights movement wasn’t just about suffrage?
Just kidding. Edwards writes a detailed account of
What Women Want (since nearly the origin of women)
in a recent edition of History Reads. The beginning of the article sounds like a review of my first historical novel about the First Woman’s Rights convention in Seneca Falls in 1848. Edwards, however, goes far beyond that initial endeavor and gives a lush overview of the many women who spoke out and acted out in their quests to have 50% of the planet treated as adult human beings.
The woman pictured above is Victoria Claflin Woodhull, an early rabble rouser. The Native American author and lecturer pictured below in a 1926 photograph is Zitkala-Sa. I tried to upload a photo of Ida B. Wells, a courageous woman who fought against lynching at the turn of the 20th century, but it wouldn’t go.
Check out Edwards’s article. It’s a great read.