Lucy Stone- Famous Women (Poem)
I knew knowledge
Would give me power
But I needed money to study
I propped my Greek book on the ledge over the basin
While I washed dishes
For three cents an hour, in college
I spoke on women’s rights
Though people tore down my posters
Burnt pepper where I spoke
Threw prayer books at me
Hosed me with winter water
I was whitewashing the kitchen ceiling
Henry offered to help but I refused
I let him help peel potatoes for dinner though
We modified our wedding vows
So I didn’t have to obey him
I didn’t take his name either.
I continued to aim “ to deepen the disappointment
In every woman’s heart
Until she bows down to it no longer.”
I refused to pay tax till I could vote
Men, their rights and nothing more
Women, their rights and nothing less.
I voted for Grant to be president
Though I had to go to trial
Wyoming was where we could vote first
Women today will “never know
At what price their right to free speech
Has been earned.”
Long live the cause.
Here’s the previous post in my famous women series.
There’s a wonderful book on the letters between Lucy Stone and Henry Blackwell called Loving Warriors. Read it for free here.