Outspoken Women: Maria W. Stewart #19forthe19th

Maria W. Stewart speech

This black woman, who was raised as an indentured servant, may have been the first to break a 19th century American taboo against women giving political speeches with men in the audience. #19forthe19th @usnatarchives
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Maria W. Stewart is one of the suffragists featured in the first Ask a Suffragist book, Stories and Wisdom from America’s First Feminists. Get it today!

Ask a Suffragist is participating in the United States National Archives' #19forthe19th Instagram Challenge, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment by posting photos of women from history each week for 19 weeks.

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April Young Bennett

April Young Bennett is the author of the Ask a Suffragist book series, host of the Religious Feminism Podcast and a writer for the Exponent II. For more information about April, see aprilyoungb.com

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Outspoken Women: Maria W. Stewart #19forthe19th