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Vickey Kalambakal

Susan Brownell Anthony was born in Adams, Massachusetts, to an unusual family. Her father was a Quaker; at the religious meetings she attended as a child, women were allowed to speak and were on an equal footing with men. The family was prosperous, and her parents encouraged freethinking and activism in their children. Anthony became an abolitionist and participant in the Underground Railroad. She is best remembered as one of the leaders and organizers of the women's suffrage movement.

Anthony's family moved from Massachusetts to Rochester, New York, in 1845. Over the next few years, the abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass also a resident of Rochester became a frequent visitor and speaker at Sunday meetings at the Anthony farm where abolition was discussed Like many reform minded people of the day Anthony also joined the local temperance society After being denied the chance to speak at ...


Thea Gallo Becker

clubwoman, community organizer, and reformer, was born Lugenia D. Burns in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Ferdinand Burns, a well-to-do carpenter, and Louisa M. Bertha. Burns was raised in a Grace Presbyterian, middle-class family. Her father's sudden death forced her mother to move the family to Chicago to maintain their class standing and provide Lugenia, or “Genie” as she was called, with educational opportunities absent in St. Louis. From 1890 to 1893, while her older siblings worked to support the family, Burns attended high school and classes at the Chicago School of Design, the Chicago Business College, and the Chicago Art Institute.

Burns quit school abruptly to help support the family as a bookkeeper and dressmaker After several years she became the first African American secretary to the board of directors of King s Daughters a charitable organization serving teenage working girls the ...


Jacqueline A. Rouse

Lugenia Burns Hope spent her formative years in St. Louis, Missouri, and later Chicago, Illinois. The last of seven children, she was able to attend school, where she focused on photography, printing, drawing, sculpting, and business management. When her family’s economic situation changed, however, she was forced to quit school and work full time. She worked with several charitable settlement groups for more than twelve years, including the Kings Daughters and Hull-House in Chicago, which helped develop her interest in community building and public service.

In 1893 Lugenia Burns met John Hope, a native Georgian and a theological student at Brown University. They married during the Christmas holidays of 1897 and then moved to Nashville Tennessee where John Hope had accepted a professorship at Roger Williams University During their one year stay in Nashville Lugenia Hope became involved in community activities through her relationship with families such as ...