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Lucy Stone 1818 1893 By Meghan Monokian Well I Lucy Stone am mostly known for being one of the most famous leaders for womens rights in the United States I came to be known as one of the most outspoken women of my time I had firm beliefs against slavery and rejected the Biblical stand that men should rule over women I was determined to make the world a better place for women I was born in West Brookfield Massachusetts on August 13 1818 While still a young girl I began to notice the restrictions placed on the female gender I took on various home chores in order to help my mother At sixteen I began teaching for low pay which once again was an irritation I worked and saved for nine years to get enough money to attend college I would study at 200 in the morning before going to work to earn and save enough money for college In order to help myself out I attended Quaboag Seminary in Warren Wesleyan Academy in Wilbraham a Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in South Hadley I learned Hebrew and Greek in order to determine if the passages in the Bible that seemed to give man a higher order in life than women were properly translated I graduated from Oberlin College in 1847 becoming the first women to earn a college degree I was asked to write an essay to read at the graduation The college was not going to allow me to read her own essay because she was a woman She refused to write the essay because she was insulted For a while the college was thinking about taking away her degree because of not writing the essay but they did not After college I became a lecturer for
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