Reader Series – Fayetteville’s First Woman Voter


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A reprint of historian Barbara Rivette’s 1969 biography of Matilda Joslyn Gage as suffragist, this book presents excerpts from Gage’s 1880 writings about the New York school vote campaign. With notes by Sue Boland.

Gage had the honor of being the first woman voter of Fayetteville, N.Y., in 1880, forty years before ratification of the 19th amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing the right to vote for all female citizens of the United States. In fact, thousands of women in New York State voted throughout the 1880s and 1890s, long before woman suffrage was recognized in New York. How could this be? Rivette answers that question.

This important work was the first biography written about Gage. Part of the four-book Reader Series published by the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation.

Author: Barbara Rivette, with notes by Sue Boland
Format: Paperback; 22 pp
Publisher: The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation


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