The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation is dedicated to educating current and future generations about Gage’s work and its power to drive contemporary social change.

At the heart of our mission is the story of Matilda Joslyn Gage, a progressive visionary of women’s rights and human liberation and an often unacknowledged leader who, with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony wrote the arguments, inspired the passions and organized the political action of the 19th century woman suffrage movement in the United States.

  • It is the story of a woman of courage and integrity publicly defying 19th century laws that forced complicity with slavery and denied woman their autonomy and liberty – including the right to vote.
  • It is the story of a remarkable corner of the world, now known as Central New York, a fount of free thought and radical activism for social justice.
  • It is the story of Native women whose political power and social status in the Haudenosaunee Confederacy helped convince Gage and her contemporaries that women’s subordination was neither natural nor ordained by God.
  • It is the story of a woman daring to challenge a harsh, misogynist theology dominating the churches of her day, a woman who dared to suggest that all women and men had the capacity and the responsibility to think for themselves about their relationship to what Gage called the “Motherhood and Fatherhood of God”.
  • It is the story of Gage leading and inspiring her son-in-law, Oz author L. Frank Baum, to conclude that the path to liberation involves uncovering one’s lost courage, intelligence and compassion and that behind the curtain of tyranny stands a buffoon who has lost his way.
  • It is the story of how a great feminist was once nearly lost to history because her life and ideas retained their power to threaten the forces of oppression.
  • Lastly, it is our story, the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, dedicated to celebrating and promoting Gage’s legacy and the continuing significance of her life, her thought, her writings and her inspiration for the present and the future.