ALICE STONE BLACKWELL
An important figure in early American feminism, the American writer and editor Alice Stone Blackwell (1857-1950) was also a pioneer of what would later be called human rights activism. Blackwell succeeded her mother, Lucy Stone (1818-1893), as editor of Boston’s Woman’s Journal, a key publication in the fight for woman suffrage (voting rights for women) that culminated in the ratification of the nineteenth amendment to the United States Constitution in 1920. Blackwell’s reform instincts also led her into other areas. After the goal of suffrage was achieved in 1920 she became a founding member of the Massachusetts League of Women Voters. She was also active in the pro-Prohibition Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Anti-Vivisection League, the American Peace Society, the Armenian General Benevolent Union, and the Friends of Russian Freedom, as well as several other organizations. (Adapted from: “Alice Stone Blackwell.” Encyclopedia of World Biography, vol. 29, Gale, 2009).