Monday, March 1, 2010

Women's History Month: Matilda Joslyn Gage

Public relations portrait of Matilda Joslyn Ga...Image via Wikipedia

When all humanity works for humanity, when the life-business of men and women becomes one united partnership in all matters which concern each, when neither sex, race, color, or previous condition is held as a bar to the exercise of human faculties, the world will hold in its hands the promise of a millennium which will work out its own fulfillment.”
- Matilda Joslyn Gage
Meet Matilda Joslyn Gage, the woman the suffragists forgot. In this clip, Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner delivers some of Gage's words in character.

Gage's role in the suffragist movement is worth our attention. The issues she addressed then -- equal rights for women and minorities, separation of church and state, war and peace -- resonate with us still.

Some of us enjoyed hearing Dr. Wagner, Executive Director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, tell Gage's story at the Hudson Valley Humanist's this month. Gage is Dr. Wagner's passion.

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