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NY Daily News Op-Ed: Haudenosaunee Influence on Women’s Rights Movement

History’s forgotten suffrage heroes by Betty Lyons and Sally Roesch Wagner:

It was no accident the first women’s convention took place in 1848 in Seneca Falls, N.Y., near where the foremothers of the movement — including Stanton, Matilda Joslyn Gage and Lucretia Mott — witnessed the matrilineal indigenous society where women enjoyed rights to property, child custody and family inheritance, and protection against domestic violence unknown to the descendants of European settlers in white society.


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