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Matilda Joslyn Gage (1826-1898)


Mathilda Joslyn Gage (1826-1898)Matilda Gage credits her father and her upbringing with her life-long desire for justice and equality for all. Born in Cicero in Onondaga County, Gage's childhood home was a station on the Underground Railroad. In 1852 Gage spoke out at the women's rights convention in Syracuse along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and others. Gage co-authored with Stanton A History of Woman Suffrage and The Woman's Bible.


In the 1870s, Gage spoke out against the treatment of the American Indian and was later made an honorary member of the wolf clan of the Mohawk tribe.


Gage had the tenacity to decry the battering of women, the sexual abuse of children, the pardoning of rapists, unequal pay, and the propensity of the Church to ignore these injustices.


The Matilda Joslyn Gage home is open to the public. It is located at 210 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville, NY 13066. For more information about Matilda Gage, see: http://www.matildajoslyngage.org/ http://www.pinn.net/~sunshine/gage/mjg.html http://www.nps.gov/wori/gage.htm http://www.nyhistory.com/gagepage/









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