Lucy Stone

Lucy Stone was born in West Brookfield, Massachusetts on 13th August, 1818. At the age of sixteen she became a teacher but after saving enough funds she studied at Oberlin College.

After graduating in 1847, Stone worked as a lecturer for the American Anti-Slavery Society. As well as speaking about the evils of slavery, Stone also advocated woman's suffrage and was responsible for recruiting Susan B. Anthony and Julia Ward Howe to the movement.

In 1855 Stone married Henry B. Blackwell, a man also active in the anti-slavery movement. During the marriage service they pledge that both partners would have absolutely equal rights in marriage. In protest against the laws that discriminated against women, Stone retained her own name.

In 1869 Stone, Julia Ward Howe and Josephine Ruffin formed the American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA) in Boston. Less militant that the National Woman Suffrage Association, the AWSA was only concerned with obtaining the vote and did not campaign on other issues.

Over the next twenty years Stone edited the Woman's Journal, a feminist weekly magazine, and wrote a large number of woman's suffrage leaflets.

Her daughter, Alice Stone Blackwell, edited the Woman's Journal for 35 years. Lucy's last words to her daughter were "make the world better". Lucy Stone died in Dorchester, Massachusetts, on 18th October, 1893.

I don't know as I was very much surprised at the content of your letter. I have half-believed for a long time that you were preparing for a public speaker, though I hoped I might be mistaken. Not that I think I wrong in itself, but because I think it an employment a great many grades below I think it an employment a great many grades below, what I believe my only and dearly loved sister qualified to engage in. I don't hardly know what you mean by "laboring for the restoration and salvation of our sex" but I conclude you mean a salvation from some thralldom imposed by man. Now my sister I don't believe woman is groaning under half so heavy a yoke of bondage as you imagine. I am sure I do not feel burdened by anything man has laid upon me, be sure I can't vote, but what care I for that, I would not if I could. I know there is a distinction made in the wages of males and females when they perform the same labor, this I think is unjust, and it is the only thing in which woman is oppressed, that I know of, but women have no one to blame, but themselves in this matter. If as a general thing they had qualified themselves, as men have they would command the same price, but they have not, and the few who have are obliged to suffer on that account. I think my sister if you would spend the remainder of your life in educating our sex, you would do afar greater good than you will if you spend your noble energies in forever hurling "back the insults and indignities that men heap upon us." This I am sure you can never do "by the grace of God" for it is entirely contrary to his spirit and teachings. My sister commit your ways unto the Lord, and he will direct your steps.

Lucy Stone

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Lucy Stone, (born Aug. 13, 1818, West Brookfield, Mass., U.S.—died Oct. 18, 1893, Dorchester [part of Boston], Mass.), American pioneer in the women’s rights movement.

Stone began to chafe at the restrictions placed on the female sex while she was still a girl. Her determination to attend college derived in part from her general desire to better herself and in part from a specific resolve, made as a child, to learn Hebrew and Greek in order to determine if those passages in the Bible that seemed to give man dominion over woman had been properly translated. After graduating from Oberlin College in Ohio in 1847, she became a lecturer for the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, which soon granted her permission to devote part of each week to speaking on her own for women’s rights. She helped organize the first truly national women’s rights convention in 1850 and was instrumental in organizing several other women’s rights conventions as well.

In 1855, when she married Henry B. Blackwell, an Ohio abolitionist and brother of Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell, she retained her own name (as a protest against the unequal laws applicable to married women) and became known as Mrs. Stone. During the Civil War, Stone supported the Women’s National Loyal League founded by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. In 1866 she helped found the American Equal Rights Association. In 1867 she helped organize and was elected president of the New Jersey Woman Suffrage Association. In the same year she joined in the campaigns for woman suffrage amendments in Kansas and New York. She helped organize the New England Woman Suffrage Association in 1868 and the next year moved with her family to Boston.

Stone was one of the major actors in the 1869 schism that occurred in feminist ranks. Together with Julia Ward Howe and other more conservative reformers who were put off by the other faction’s eclectic approach and by its acceptance of such individuals as the notorious Victoria Woodhull, Stone formed in November the American Woman Suffrage Association. While serving on the association’s executive board, Stone raised money to launch the weekly Woman’s Journal in 1870, and in 1872 she and her husband succeeded Mary A. Livermore as editors.

The schism in the movement was finally healed in 1890, in large part through the initiative of Stone’s daughter, Alice Blackwell. Lucy Stone was thereafter chairman of the executive board of the merged National American Woman Suffrage Association.

The Progress of Fifty Years: Lucy Stone, 1893 Columbian Exposition

This was Lucy Stone’s last public speech, and she died a few months later at age 75. The speech was originally presented as a speech to the Congress of Women held in the Woman’s Building at the World’s Columbian Exposition (World’s Fair), Chicago, 1893. Stone is known as a proponent of women’s suffrage and, earlier in her life, as an abolitionist.

The short biography below (before Stone’s speech) was published with the speech in the official edition of the record of the Congress of Women, published at the direction of the Lady Managers, a committee charged by the United States Congress with overseeing the Woman’s Building and its events. Spelling is reproduced as it was found in the original.

Mrs. Lucy Stone was a native of Massachusetts. She was born August 13, 1818. Her parents were Francis Stone and Hannah Matthews Stone. She was educated in the public schools at Monson and Wilbraham Academies, and Mt. Holyoke Seminary and Oberlin College, and has traveled over most of the United States and Canada. She married Henry B. Blackwell in 1855, but she did not change her name, finding that no law required her to do so. Mrs. Stone was a wellknown Woman Suffragist. Her principal literary works are editorials in the “Woman’s Journal,” extending over twenty-two years. In religious faith she was a Hicksite Quaker or liberal Unitarian. She died October 18, 1893. Her life was a busy and useful one. She lived to see the Columbian Exposition with all its glorious opportunities, and to use them for the good of the cause most dear to her. Mrs. Stone’s closing days and hours were blessed and crowned with comfort and tranquillity, that always rewards a self-sacrificing, noble, Christian life. Almost her last articulate words were: “Make the world better.”

The Progress of Fifty Years by Mrs. Lucy Stone (1893)

The commencement of the last fifty years is about the beginning of that great change and improvement in the condition of women which exceeds all the gains of hundreds of years before.

Four years in advance of the last fifty, in 1833, Oberlin College, in Ohio, was founded. Its charter declared its grand object, – “To give the most useful education at the least expense of health, time, and money, and to extend the benefits of such education to both sexes and to all classes and the elevation of the female character by bringing within the reach of the misjudged and neglected sex all the instructive privileges which have hitherto unreasonably distinguished the leading sex from theirs.” These were the words of Father Shippen, which, if not heard in form, were heard in fact as widely as the world. The opening of Oberlin to women marked an epoch. In all outward circumstances this beginning was like the coming of the Babe of Bethlehem — in utter poverty. Its first hall was of rough slabs with the bark on still. Other departments corresponded. But a new Messiah had come.

Get but a truth once uttered, and ’tis like
A star new born that drops into its place
And which, once circling in its placid round,
Not all the tumult of the earth can shake.

Henceforth the leaves of the tree of knowledge were for women, and for the healing of the nations. About this time Mary Lyon began a movement to establish Mt. Holyoke Seminary. Amherst College was near by. Its students were educated to be missionaries. They must have educated wives. It was tacitly understood and openly asserted that Mt. Holyoke Seminary was to meet this demand. But, whatever the reason, the idea was born that women could and should be educated. It lifted a mountain load from woman. It shattered the idea, everywhere pervasive as the atmosphere, that women were incapable of education, and would be less womanly, less desirable in every way, if they had it. However much it may have been resented, women accepted the idea of their intellectual inequality. I asked my brother: “Can girls learn Greek?”

The anti-slavery cause had come to break stronger fetters than those that held the slave. The idea of equal rights was in the air. The wail of the slave, his clanking fetters, his utter need, appealed to everybody. Women heard. Angelina and Sara Grimki and Abby Kelly went out to speak for the slaves. Such a thing had never been heard of. An earthquake shock could hardly have startled the community more. Some of the abolitionists forgot the slave in their efforts to silence the women. The Anti-Slavery Society rent itself in twain over the subject. The Church was moved to its very foundation in opposition. The Association of Congregational Churches issued a “Pastoral Letter” against the public speaking of women. The press, many-tongued, surpassed itself in reproaches upon these women who had so far departed from their sphere as to speak in public. But, with anointed lips and a consecration which put even life itself at stake, these peerless women pursued the even tenor of their way, saying to their opponents only: “Woe is me, if I preach not this gospel of freedom for the slave.” Over all came the melody of Whittier’s

“When woman’s heart is breaking
Shall woman’s voice be hushed? ”

I think, with never-ending gratitude, that the young women of today do not and can never know at what price their right to free speech and to speak at all in public has been earned. Abby Kelly once entered a church only to find herself the subject of the sermon, which was preached from the text: ” This Jezebel is come among us also.” They jeered at her as she went along the street. They threw stones at her. They pelted her with bad eggs as she stood on the platform. Some of the advocates of the very cause for which she endured all this were ready to drive her from the field. Mr. Garrison and Wendell Phillips stood by her. But so great was the opposition that one faction of the abolitionists left and formed a new organization, after a vain effort to put Abby Kelly off from the committee to which she had been nominated.

The right to education and to free speech having been gained for woman, in the long run every other good thing was sure to be obtained.

Half a century ago women were at an infinite disadvantage in regard to their occupations. The idea that their sphere was at home, and only at home, was like a band of steel on society. But the spinning-wheel and the loom, which had given employment to women, had been superseded by machinery, and something else had to take their places. The taking care of the house and children, and the family sewing, and teaching the little summer school at a dollar per week, could not supply the needs nor fill the aspirations of women. But every departure from these conceded things was met with the cry, “You want to get out of your sphere,” or, “To take women out of their sphere” and that was to fly in the face of Providence, to unsex yourself in short, to be monstrous women, women who, while they orated in public, wanted men to rock the cradle and wash the dishes. We pleaded that whatever was fit to be done at all might with propriety be done by anybody who did it well that the tools belonged to those who could use them that the possession of a power presupposed a right to its use. This was urged from city to city, from state to state. Women were encouraged to try new occupations. We endeavored to create that wholesome discontent in women that would compel them to reach out after far better things. But every new step was a trial and a conflict. Men printers left when women took the type. They formed unions and pledged themselves not to work for men who employed women. But these tools belonged to women, and today a great army of women are printers unquestioned.

When Harriet Hosmer found within herself the artist soul, and sought by the study of anatomy to prepare herself for her work, she was repelled as out of her sphere, and indelicate, and not a medical college in all New England or in the Middle States would admit her. She persevered, aided by her father’s wealth and influence. Dr. McDowell, the dean of the medical college in St. Louis, admitted her. The field of art is now open to women, but as late as the time when models for the statue of Charles Sumner were made, although that of Annie Whitney, in the judgment of the committee, took precedence of all the rest, they refused to award her the contract for the statue when they knew that the model was the work of a woman. But her beautiful Samuel Adams and Lief Ericsson, and the fine handiwork of other artists, are argument and proof that the field of art belongs to women.

When Mrs. Tyndall, of Philadelphia, assumed her husband’s business after his death, importing chinaware, sending her ships to China, enlarging her warehouses and increasing her business, the fact was quoted as a wonder. When Mrs. Young, of Lowell, Mass., opened a shoe-store in Lowell, though she sold only shoes for women and children, people peered curiously in to see how she looked. Today the whole field of trade is open to woman.

When Elizabeth Blackwell studied medicine and put up her sign in New- York, she was regarded as fair game, and was called a “she doctor.” The college that had admitted her closed its doors afterward against other women and supposed they were shut out forever. But Dr. Blackwell was a woman of fine intellect, of great personal worth and a level head. How good it was that such a woman was the first doctor! She was well equipped by study at home and abroad, and prepared to contend with prejudice and every opposing thing. Dr. Zakrzewska was with her, and Dr. Emily Blackwell soon joined them. At a price the younger women doctors do not know, the way was opened for women physicians.

The first woman minister, Antoinette Brown, had to meet ridicule and opposition that can hardly be conceived to-day. Now there are women ministers, east and west, all over the country.

In Massachusetts, where properly qualified “persons” were allowed to practice law, the Supreme Court decided that a woman was not a “person,” and a special act of the legislature had to be passed before Miss Lelia Robinson could be admitted to the bar. But today women are lawyers.

Fifty years ago the legal injustice imposed upon women was appalling. Wives, widows and mothers seemed to have been hunted out by the law on purpose to see in how many ways they could be wronged and made helpless. A wife by her marriage lost all right to any personal property she might have. The income of her land went to her husband, so that she was made absolutely penniless. If a woman earned a dollar by scrubbing, her husband had a right to take the dollar and go and get drunk with it and beat her afterwards. It was his dollar. If a woman wrote a book the copyright of the same belonged to her husband and not to her. The law counted out in many states how many cups and saucers, spoons and knives and chairs a widow might have when her husband died. I have seen many a widow who took the cups she had bought before she was married and bought them again after her husband died, so as to have them legally. The law gave no right to a married woman to any legal existence at all. Her legal existence was suspended during marriage. She could neither sue nor be sued. If she had a child born alive the law gave her husband the use of all her real estate as long as he should live, and called it by the pleasant name of “the estate by courtesy.” When the husband died the law gave the widow the use of one-third of the real estate belonging to him, and it was called the “widow’s encumbrance.” While the law dealt thus with her in regard to her property, it dealt still more hardly with her in regard to her children. No married mother could have any right to her child, and in most of the states of the Union that is the law to-day. But the law’s in regard to the personal and property rights of women have been greatly changed and improved, and we are very grateful to the men who have done it.

We have not only gained in the fact that the laws are modified. Women have acquired a certain amount of political power. We have now in twenty states school suffrage for women. Forty years ago there was but one. Kentucky allowed widows with children of school age to vote on school questions. We have also municipal suffrage for women in Kansas, and full suffrage in Wyoming, a state larger than all New England.

The last half century has gained for women the right to the highest education and entrance to all professions and occupations, or nearly all. As a result we have women’s clubs, the Woman’s Congress, women’s educational and industrial unions, the moral education societies, the Woman’s Relief Corps, police matrons, the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, colleges for women, and co-educational colleges and the Harvard Annex, medical schools and medical societies open to men, women’s hospitals, women in the pulpit, women as a power in the press, authors, women artists, women’s beneficent societies and Helping Hand societies, women school supervisors, and factory inspectors and prison inspectors, women on state boards of charity, the International Council of Women, the Woman’s National Council, and last, but not, least, the Board of Lady Managers. And not one of these things was allowed women fifty years ago, except the opening at Oberlin. By what toil and fatigue and patience and strife and the beautiful law of growth has all this been wrought? These things have not come of themselves. They could not have occurred except as the great movement for women has brought them out and about. They are part of the eternal order, and they have come to stay. Now all we need is to continue to speak the truth fearlessly, and we shall add to our number those who will turn the scale to the side of equal and full justice in all things.

History Lesson: Lucy Stone

Here at Caught In Dot, we discovered that popular Dorchester tavern Lucy’s American Tavern was named in honor of famed suffragette Lucy Stone. Who was Lucy Stone and what was her connection to Dorchester? Let’s find out together as Lucy Stone is the subject of this Caught in Dot: History Lesson!

Lucy Stone was born on a farm in rural West Brookfield, Massachusetts (it’s west of Worcester) in 1818. She was the 8th of 9 children! Lucy, wanted an education, but her father did not support her ambitions. Lucy had to work for 9 years to save up enough money to attend college.

Lucy went to Oberlin college in Ohio. Why Oberlin? Because Oberlin was the ONLY school in the US that accepted both men and women, white and black. Lucy was 25 when she started and she worked throughout her four years at Oberlin to support herself. At graduation, Oberlin asked Lucy to write the commencement speech. Lucy refused because she would not have been allowed to read her own speech at graduation. A male professor would have read Lucy’s words because women were not allowed, even at Oberlin, to give a public address!

When Lucy graduated in 1847 she became the first Massachusetts woman to earn her bachelor’s degree. (Wow!) At her graduation ceremony, she met abolitionists William Lloyd Garrison and Frederick Douglass. She was hired in 1848 by the American Anti-Slavery Society to give speeches on abolition. Lucy was considered one of the first female “Soapbox Orators” in this country. She spoke all over about women’s rights and abolition. She was a fierce opponent of slavery and a fierce proponent of women’s rights.

In 1855 Lucy married Dr. Henry Blackwell, a man who also believed strongly in women’s rights and in the abolition of slavery. Lucy did not change her name after she got married. Occasionally when she would sign her name she was forced to write Lucy Stone, wife of Henry Blackwell! Women who followed in Lucy’s footsteps, who didn’t change their names after marriage, were known as Lucy Stoners! In 1869 she moved her family to Dorchester and lived there until she died in 1893. The home of Lucy Stone and her husband Henry Blackwell and their daughter Alice Stone Blackwell was located on Boutwell Street on Pope’s Hill.

Want to learn more about Lucy Stone, the Dorchester Historical Society is hosting an event on Sunday, September 22nd at 2pm!

Lucy Stone

Lucy Stone
American Lecturer and Pioneer of Women
1818 – 1893

Lucy Stone, an American lecturer and pioneer in the movement for the legal and political elevation of women. Her father, Francis Stone, was a farmer of West Brookfield, MS, and her mother was a gentle and beautiful woman, who worked hard as a farmer’s wife.

When Lucy, the eighth child was born, Mrs. Stone, who had milked the cows the night before the birth of her child said: “I am sorry it is a girl. A woman’s life is so hard!”

Lucy’s childhood was spent in useful work in the house and on the farm, she seemed to be preparing herself for a helper of some industrious and saving farmer, but during these early years the girl was thinking of matters beyond her age. Why was her sweet mother obliged to yield to the stern will of the father? Why, after all the hard years of united labor, was the money all his? Why were there no opportunities for girls to earn a living like their brothers? Why did men to go college, while women were offered only the simplest rudiments of an education?

Feeling that the laws of the country were wrong in such matters, Lucy determined to secure an education. Her two elder brothers were assisted by the father to go to college, but when Lucy asked to be helped also, Mrs. Stone refused, saying: “Your mother only learned to read, write and cipher if that was enough for her, it should be enough for you.” Years afterward, he said: “You were right, and I was wrong.”

Lucy now began to earn money for a college course. She picked berries in the hot sun in summer, sold them, and hoarded up the pittance which they brought. In the autumn she gathered chestnuts, and with the money obtained she bought books. As soon as she was old enough she taught school, and at the age of twenty, she studied for a time at Mt. Holyoke Seminary. When she was twenty-five she had earned enough money to enter Oberlin College, Ohio, then the only college in the country willing to admit women. Here she paid her way by teaching, and by doing housework. She lived on less than a dollar a week, and had only one new dress during the whole four college years, and that was a calico.

After graduating, having shown her ability as a speaker, she was engaged to lecture for the Anti-Slavery Society, and from this time onward for many years Lucy Stone travelled [sic] over a large part of the United States, speaking for woman suffrage or for the colored people. She suffered the usual persecutions visited on pioneers of thought, but her courage and sweetness of temper enabled her to go on with her work.

When she was nearly thirty-seven she married Henry B. Blackwell, who was devoted to her purposes in life. Their only child, Alice, became not only a helper during the life of her mother, but an able up-holder of her principles after her death.

For nearly forty years after her marriage, Lucy Stone’s life was one untiring, continuous effort for humanity. In 1869 she helped to organize the American Woman Suffrage Association, and the year following established the Woman’s Journal.

She spoke before numberless clubs and societies, wrote articles for the press, studied the law carefully, and had an accurate knowledge of its injustice to women in various states. When she began her work, only a few occupations were open to women, they had almost no opportunity for higher education, they would not enter the professions, and no wife had any right to herself. The great changes in the laws during the past fifty years were brought about largely by Lucy Stone and a few other brave and devoted women.

In the summer of 1893, worn with constant labor of an unusual life, her health declined, and on October 18th she passed away as if in sleep. A short time before, she said: “I have done what I wanted to do. I have helped the women.” Her parting words to her daughter were: “Make the world better,” and her last articulate word “Papa” was to the man who had been her devoted companion in a happy union of almost forty years.

Sarah Knowles Bolton in Famous Leaders Among Women says:

“Lucy Stone’s life will always be an inspiration to every man and woman who is struggling for principle to every youth, who, poor and unaided, is working for an education to every boy or girl who learns, through her history, the secret of that cheerful, indomitable courage and energy which bring success. She has given the world an example of persistent purpose, united with great gentleness and loveliness of character.”

Reference: Famous Women An Outline of Feminine Achievement Through the Ages With Life Stories of Five Hundred Noted Women By Joseph Adelman. Copyright, 1926 by Ellis M. Lonow Company.

Lucy Stone

Lucy Stone was a prominent American abolitionist and suffragist, and a vocal advocate and organizer promoting rights for women. In 1847, Stone was the first woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree. She spoke out for women's rights and against slavery at a time when women were discouraged and prevented from public speaking. Stone was the first recorded American woman to retain her own last name after marriage.

Stone's organizational activities for the cause of women's rights yielded tangible gains in the difficult political environment of the 19th century. Stone helped initiate the first National Women's Rights Convention and she supported and sustained it annually along with a number of other local, state and regional activist conventions. Stone spoke in front of a number of legislative bodies to promote laws giving more rights to women. She assisted in establishing the Woman's National Loyal League to help pass the Thirteenth Amendment and thereby abolish slavery, after which she helped form the largest group of like-minded women's rights reformers, the politically-moderate American Woman Suffrage Association, which worked for decades at the state level in favor of women's right to vote.

Stone wrote extensively about a wide range of women's rights, publishing and distributing speeches by herself and others, and convention proceedings. In the long-running and influential[2] Woman's Journal, a weekly periodical that she established and promoted, Stone aired both her own and differing views about women's rights. Called "the orator" and "the morning star of the woman's rights movement", Stone delivered a speech which sparked Susan B. Anthony to take up the cause of women's suffrage. Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote that "Lucy Stone was the first person by whom the heart of the American public was deeply stirred on the woman question." Together, Anthony, Stanton, and Stone have been called the 19th century "triumvirate" of women's suffrage and feminism.

Lucy Stone was born on August 13, 1818 on her family's farm at Coy's Hill in West Brookfield, Massachusetts. She was the eighth of nine children. Francis Stone, her father, drank too much hard cider, had a raging temper, and ruled the household as master.[9] The family lived close to the earth to augment the food supply, the boys fished and they hunted squirrels, woodchucks,deer, and birds. To supplement the family income, the girls wove fabric, canned fruits, and sewed piecework for the local shoe factory. All the children tended the family's cows. Despite a steady but modest flow of cash coming in from selling cheeses and shoes, Hannah Stone had to beg her husband for money to buy clothing and other necessities for the family. Hannah sometimes stole coins from his purse, and she sold an occasional cheese out of his sight. Lucy was unhappy seeing the subterfuge required of her mother to maintain a simple household.[9]

When the Bible was quoted to her, defending the subordinate position of women to men, Stone declared that when she grew up, she'd learn Greek and Hebrew so she could correct the mistranslation that she was confident lay behind such verses.

At sixteen, Stone began teaching in nearby New Braintree to augment her family's income. In 1837, she replaced a male teacher in Paxton but was paid less than half his wage. Stone asked for equity, and her salary subsequently increased to $16 per month ($310 in current value)—higher than average pay for a woman but less than that of a man doing the same work.

In early 1838 at age 19, instead of taking another teaching position, Stone enrolled in Mary Lyon's Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Not only did she pay the required school tuition plus room and board, she was directed by her father to sign a promissory note to repay him the income she would otherwise have brought the Stone household from teaching. At Mount Holyoke, Stone studied algebra, logic, geography, literature, manners, and more the school did not offer Greek or Latin. On the seminary's sitting room table, Stone placed copies of The Liberator, an abolitionist journal which she had been introduced to by her older brothers. Mary Lyon rebuked Stone for this, saying ". the slavery question is a very great question, and a question on which the best people are divided."

In March 1838, Stone was called home to attend the funeral of Eliza, her 29-year-old sister. Instead of returning to school, Stone moved into Eliza's house to care for two infant nieces. In the summer, she took a teaching position and repaid her father's promissory note, and she took Latin, grammar, and mathematics instruction from Alfred Bartlett, a divinity student and an admirer of the abolitionist Grimké sisters. Stone read of the public speeches made by the Grimkés in which they compared the situation of woman with the plight of the slave Stone resolved "to call no man master."

Also inspired by the Grimkés, Abby Kelley began making public speeches against slavery. In response, Congregationalist church officials issued a pastoral letter prohibiting the use of the pulpit for abolitionist speeches, especially speeches made by women. It had the opposite effect on Stone who determined "that if ever I had anything to say in public, I would say it, and all the more because of that pastoral letter."

In 1838, Stone was a member of a Congregational church in West Brookfield. A young deacon of the church, in contravention of the pastoral letter, invited Abby Kelley to speak to the congregation against slavery. For Kelley's appearance, the church was filled with residents of the area, including the whole Stone family. A church meeting was subsequently called to discuss the deacon's rebellion and to determine if he should be punished, and Stone raised her hand to vote against any penalty. The minister discounted her vote, saying that, though she was a member of the church, she was not a voting member. This event angered Stone and spurred her interest in women's voting rights.

From November 1838 to August 1843, Stone continued to teach and, when possible, to study at private schools such as Quaboag Seminary and Wilbraham Academy. Stone lost her sister Rhoda in July 1839 and stayed close to home to keep her grief-stricken mother company. Through reading The Liberator, Stone paid attention to the growing division within the American Anti-Slavery Society between those who encouraged women's participation in abolition activism and those who clamped down against it. Stone wrote to her brother in 1840, saying that a new faction apparently wished to "crush [William Lloyd] Garrison and the women. While it pretends to endeavor to remove the yoke of bondage on account of color, it is actually summoning all its energies to rivet more and more firmly the chains that have always been fastened upon the neck of woman. "

Stone read Virgil and Sophocles at Quaboag in 1842 and studied Latin and Greek grammar. She saved money, prepared for entrance examinations at Oberlin, and readied herself for the trip west. Stone had never before been farther than 20 miles from her home.

In early August 1843, just before she turned 25, Stone traveled by train, steamship and stagecoach to Oberlin College in Ohio, the country's first college to admit both women and African Americans. She entered the college believing that women should vote and assume political office, that women should study the classic professions and that women should be able to speak their minds in a public forum. Oberlin College did not share all of these sentiments.

In her first year at Oberlin, Stone experienced severe headaches, though she was in otherwise excellent health. She took to removing her bonnet during Sunday sermons to ease the pain, but was required to sit in the back row so that others would not see her bareheaded in church.

In her third year at Oberlin, Stone befriended Antoinette Brown, an abolitionist and suffragist who came to Oberlin in 1845 to study to become a minister. Stone and Brown would eventually marry abolitionist brothers and thus become sisters-in-law.

Stone and Brown both took part in Oberlin's rhetoric class, but women were not allowed to speak in public, supposedly because of specific passages in the Bible which forbade it. Women studying rhetoric were required to do so by listening to the men debate. Stone learned enough Hebrew and Greek to read passages of the Bible in an earlier form, and determined that the Bible was 'friendly to women'. Stone and Brown both intended to speak in public after graduation, and they convinced Professor James A. Thome, the head of the department and a liberal Southerner who had freed his slaves, to let them debate each other. The session was heavily attended, and the debate "exceptionally brilliant", but, through complaints from the Ladies' Board (an organization of faculty wives), the college clamped down on any further such experiments. Stone and Brown formed a women's debating society and held clandestine meetings in the nearby woods, posting sentries to maintain privacy. Fellow student Hannah Tracy Cutler took part, and developed a lasting friendship with Stone.

Stone's first solo speech was given at the invitation of the local anti-slavery society in celebration of the anniversary of West Indian emancipation. For three weeks Stone prepared her anti-slavery speech, suffering severe migraines. On August 1, 1846 she took her place among the men on the speaker's platform and delivered her speech with vigor. A reporter from the Cleveland Leader wrote of Stone's "clear full tone" as she spoke. Stone was called before the Ladies' Board to answer for the transgression of speaking to a mixed audience. She defended her actions forthrightly, saying that women should not act timid and ladylike if doing so lent credence to the idea that women did not want to speak in public rather than the truth which was that they were being prevented by men from doing so.

Over the autumn and winter of 1846�, Stone corresponded with her parents and siblings about her intention to take up a life of public lecturing. All were against the idea, advising Stone to teach children instead, and if she insisted, to go someplace far from Massachusetts. Stone wrote to her mother in March 1847 to say "I surely would not be a public speaker if I sought a life of ease. I expect to plead not for the slave only, but for suffering humanity everywhere. Especially do I mean to labor for the elevation of my sex."

In June 1847, after four years of study at Oberlin College, all the while teaching, mending clothes, and cleaning houses to pay for the costs, Lucy Stone graduated with honors. She was selected by a vote of her classmates to write a commencement speech for them. She petitioned the college for the opportunity to read such an address herself𠅊 college professor was to read it instead. The petition was refused by the Ladies' Board on the grounds that it was improper for a woman to speak in front of both men and women. Stone decided not to write the essay she determined that she would do nothing to publicly acknowledge "the rectitude of the principle which takes away from women their equal rights, and denies to them the privilege of being co-laborers with men in any sphere to which their ability makes them adequate and that no word or deed of mine should ever look towards the support of such a principle, or even to its toleration." Two men and all but one of the women who had been asked to submit essays for graduation declined out of respect for Stone all of the students appointed to replace them refused as well.

After Stone returned to Massachusetts as the first woman in that state to receive a college degree, she returned to teaching so that she could pay back several school loans. In October 1847, she gave her first public speech on the subject of women's rights, entitled The Province of Women, at the invitation of her brother Bowman Stone, to speak at his church in Gardner, Massachusetts.

Stone's forthright ability to speak out about abolition was noticed in early 1847 by William Lloyd Garrison, and in mid-1847 he approached her about becoming an agent for his abolition society. In 1848, she accepted and was hired for $6 a week by Garrison and Wendell Phillips as a lecturer and organizer for the American Anti-Slavery Society in Boston, to speak about the evils of slavery. She spoke extemporaneously, never writing down her speeches before or afterward. In 1848, while walking through Boston Common, Stone stopped to admire a statue known as The Greek Slave and broke into tears, seeing in the slave girl's chains, the symbol of man's oppression. From that day forward, Stone included women's rights issues in her speeches. Garrison and the society were not fond of her mixing women’s rights with abolitionism. Samuel Joseph May asked Stone to discontinue mentioning women's rights, but Stone considered carefully and concluded that she must leave the Society, saying "I was a woman before I was an abolitionist. I must speak for the women." May, loath to lose her powerful voice, offered $4 to speak solely of abolition on weekends, a schedule which would allow her to speak freely of women’s rights during the week. She accepted the compromise.

Stone's public speeches drew controversy for many reasons, not least of which was that she was a woman speaking to audiences filled with both men and women. Those opposed to Stone's public appearances tore down posters announcing her engagements and burned cayenne pepper or threw finely ground pepper around the lecture hall to try to drive out listeners. Standing before her audience, Stone had various things thrown at her including icy water in winter, rotten fruit, an egg, and a prayer book or hymnal.

In April 1850, Stone wrote to women in Ohio who were planning a Woman's Rights Convention in Salem, asking them to put pressure on the Ohio legislature to write a constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote.

In May, Stone traveled to Boston for an annual meeting with the Anti-Slavery Society. There, she met with eight other women including Harriot Kezia Hunt, Paulina Kellogg Wright Davis, and her close friend Abby Kelley Foster, as well as her compatriots and employers Wendell Phillips and William Lloyd Garrison, to plan a national convention focusing on women's rights. Stone was named secretary, and signed her name to start a list of 89 supporters of the National Women's Rights Convention to be held October 23� in Worcester, Massachusetts. The call for action containing the names of 89 supporters was sent to major newspapers, with Stone's name at the top.

Stone intended to spend the summer in Providence, Rhode Island working with Davis on the details of the gathering. Instead, she barely made it to the convention at all. Shortly after the call was published, Stone received a letter from Hutsonville, Illinois asking her to come nurse her sick brother Luther back to health. His wife Phebe was pregnant and unable to fully tend him, for fear of infecting both mother and the unborn baby. Stone asked Davis to pick up the convention planning reins alone, and set out for Illinois. Stone arrived to see her brother in the late stages of cholera he died in July. After the funeral, Stone spent some weeks settling his family's finances, then set out for Coy's Hill in Massachusetts in late August with the widowed sister-in-law, traveling slowly with many rest stops. The two women had been on the road for three days when Phebe went into labor prematurely and delivered a stillborn son. Stone arranged another funeral and began to care for Phebe in a small hotel in eastern Illinois. There, she contracted typhoid fever. Stone became delirious with the disease and nearly died, losing and regaining consciousness for 18 days, "alone and in darkness, and there was no one to give me a drop of water." It was early October before she could travel again. She arrived in Massachusetts in time to gain enough strength to attend the opening session.

At the National Women's Rights Convention, October 23�, 1850, 900 people showed up, men forming the majority, with several newspapers reporting over a thousand attendees by the afternoon of the first day. Delegates came from eleven states, including one delegate from California𠅊 state only a few weeks old. Stone stayed in the background until the final meeting, when she was persuaded to take the stage. She spoke briefly in favor of women's property rights, and closed by saying

. We want to be something more than the appendages of Society we want that Woman should be the coequal and help-meet of Man in all the interest and perils and enjoyments of human life. We want that she should attain to the development of her nature and womanhood we want that when she dies, it may not be written on her gravestone that she was the "relict" of somebody.

Attendee Horace Greeley was so moved by her oratory that he published a favorable account of the proceedings in his New York Tribune. Later, Susan B. Anthony identified Greeley's especially admiring description of Stone's speech as the catalyst for her own involvement in the women's cause.[5] In England a copy of the Tribune article inspired Harriet Taylor to write The Enfranchisement of Women.

A total of ten National Women's Rights Conventions were held, the last in 1860. Stone participated directly in the first eight, and presided over the seventh, held in New York City. In 1859, she was prevented by pregnancy from attending, and in 1860 she chose not to attend for unknown reasons. Further conventions were stopped by the onset of the Civil War, and then were replaced by meetings hosted by the new Woman's National Loyal League starting in 1863.

Stone was expelled in 1851 from the West Brookfield congregation she had long attended for being "engaged in a course of life evidently inconsistent with her covenant engagements to this church." Her lectures were seen as anti-clerical since nearly all of the Congregationalist churches in the North continued to refuse to take a stand on the question of slavery. Some were calling Stone an atheist but it was her absolute faith that the Bible held better things for women that drove her to learn Greek and Hebrew. As a schoolgirl, she had been moved by hearing Unitarian clergyman Robert Collyer lecture. Cast out now by the Congregationalists, Stone joined a Unitarian church.

An engraving of Lucy Stone wearing bloomers was published in 1853. In the summer of 1852, Stone went to Seneca Falls, New York to meet at the home of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and help draw up the charter for a proposed "People's College". Horace Greeley was there, and Stone met Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Amelia Bloomer for the first time. Stone admired Bloomer's trousered dress that she had been advocating since 1850 as offering greater freedom of movement and being more hygienic. The costume allowed women to work more freely, especially to carry things up stairways rather than using both hands to lift their dresses. Back home, Stone bought black silk for simple pantaloons and arranged for the tailoring of her own Bloomer dress, scorning any feminine adornment such as lace.

An estimated 100 women took to the controversial fashion, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. Leading abolitionists, upon seeing Stone in her bloomers, viewed her style of dress as a detriment and distraction to the anti-slavery cause. They were divided about whether to permit her to wear it. Wendell Phillips came to her defense and Stone was given freedom of dress. Stone and then Anthony cut their hair short in a straight bob at this time. Even so, Brown invited her friend to come speak at her church in South Butler, Wayne County, New York with the assurance to Stone that the congregation was well aware "that you wear bloomers and are an 'infidel."

Wearing bloomers was for Stone a trying experience. Men and boys followed her in the street and settled next to her when she sat, insulting her and making rude jests. Stone said she had never known more physical comfort or mental discomfort than when she put on bloomers.

After Stanton and most women's rights organizers began abandoning their bloomers and returning to long skirts in 1853, Stone and a few others held out. Stone was reported speaking in New York City wearing bloomers in January 1854. Speaking at a convention in Albany in February 1854, Stone relented and brought both bloomers and long skirts, choosing to wear long skirts in public. Susan Anthony chided her but one month later gave them up as well. Stone was reported again in bloomers at the October 1854 National Women's Rights Convention held in Philadelphia, but did not wear them to subsequent speaking engagements. The unusual style had been too much of a distraction for audiences to concentrate on the important words being spoken.

Stone affiliated with the temperance movement because it attracted a wide range of men and women who were willing to push for change in society. For Stone, temperance was a stepping-stone—it offered a compelling reason to give women further rights. Stone argued that a woman should be able to file for divorce if her husband was a drunkard. In this, Stone was more radical than Susan Anthony who proposed only a legal separation between an alcoholic man and his wife and children, to allow for the possibility of the husband's redemption and recovery. Stone also argued for property rights for women so that a man could not misuse the fruits of his wife's toil. Many years later, she recalled "If a woman earned a dollar by scrubbing, her husband had a right to take the dollar and go and get drunk with it and beat her afterwards. It was his dollar."

Women's rights activists in the temperance movement counted Stone firmly in their camp, though many felt more strongly about enacting anti-alcohol laws. Stone was asked to speak at and promote Temperance meetings because Stanton and Anthony were very interested in alcohol reform, and her best friend "Nettie" Brown, newly appointed pastor in the spring of 1853, was preaching against alcohol abuse. However, many male temperance activists were unwilling to allow women's rights activists to speak at their meetings—it was said they were "there expressly to disturb." The conflict soon came to a head.

In April, 1853 a call went out, printed in Greeley's Tribune, from a committee of temperance-minded men including Neal S. Dow inviting "the friends of Temperance in each State, and in Canada" to come to a meeting in New York City to plan for a "World's Temperance Convention" which was to take place during the New York World's Fair later that year. Brown wrote to Stone enjoining her participation, and the two traveled to the meeting which convened on May 12, 1853. A sizable crowd swelled the lecture hall of the Brick Church, including ten or twelve women.[66] Susan Anthony and Abby Kelley Foster were among those sent by women's temperance societies. Amos Chafee Barstow, mayor of Providence, was named chairman of the meeting. A motion was made for "all the gentlemen present" to submit their credentials as delegates. Doctor Russell Thacher Trall of New York noted that there were delegates present from the Women's State Temperance Society and moved that the word "ladies" be inserted in the motion, which then carried. All the male and female delegates handed forward their credentials, and a number of men, including Reverend Thomas Wentworth Higginson, were appointed to the Business Committee. Higginson rose to speak, saying that, since women were now properly serving as delegates, they should be represented on the Committee. He moved that Susan B. Anthony be so admitted. From that point onward, "a scene ensued which beggars description", as Stone later wrote for The Liberator. Various prominent women and men rose to speak in favor of having women on the Business Committee, but many were shouted down by men in the audience who did not want to hear them. Others spoke against including the women, and when a Mr. Thompson of Massachusetts proposed that Lucy Stone be named to the same committee, Chairman Barstow threatened to leave his post. Higginson countered by asking to be struck from the roll, and invited all present who were sympathetic to withdraw and meet instead at Dr. Trall's Water Cure Institute at 2 p.m. The supporters of women's participation in temperance planning then left the lecture hall, and Barstow made a remark about "women in breeches" being a disgrace to their sex.

At Trall's, some 50 delegates from over 12 states listened to speeches for three hours, including one made by Stone. They decided to hold the "Whole World's Temperance Convention" in September, 1853, the same month that the other meeting was planned, determining that the other event hosted by the male-only delegates would be referred to as the "Half World's" convention.

Certain leaders of the anti-woman party of temperance activists declared that the Whole World's Temperance Convention was not necessary—it need not take place—women were to be allowed to take part in their event. Stone disbelieved the completeness of their offer but her close friend Reverend Antoinette Brown went to the men's convention to test its mettle she held delegate credentials from two temperance groups, and intended to ask that her credentials be accepted at which point she wanted to take the floor, briefly thank the body for now accepting women, and withdraw back to her pro-woman friends. Her credentials passed muster and she came to the platform to speak her thanks. Men in the audience shouted non-stop interruptions such that her simple speech that would have taken some three minutes was not completed in three days of trying. In his New York Tribune, Horace Greeley wrote scathingly of the outrage.

More such fireworks were expected at the regional Woman's Rights Convention which followed in mid-September, 1853. Lucy Stone organized and promoted it, and was to speak at the Broadway Tabernacle along with a number of other activist leaders. Three thousand people paid twelve and a half cents to enter a standing room crowd. Troublemakers in rowdy groups shouted and bellowed, and police attempted to identify and remove the ringleaders. No speech was being heard, and Chair Lucretia Mott was asked by other leaders to adjourn the meeting. She refused, saying it would end at the planned time and no earlier. Stone then stepped to the platform and the crowd grew silent while she spoke. To disarm her critics, Stone began by praising the domestic qualities of women. She continued with a description of the similar qualities of women who had entered professions previously held only by men. After her speech the crowd resumed its howling interruptions, and no further presentation was heard.

Henry Browne "Harry" Blackwell's first sight of Stone was in 1851 from the gallery of the Massachusetts legislature as Stone addressed that body in support of an amendment to the state constitution which proposed full civil rights to women. Harry Blackwell, an abolitionist from a reform-minded family in Cincinnati, Ohio, saw Stone speak on further occasions and wrote of her, saying "I decidedly prefer her to any lady I have met, always excepting the Bloomer costume which I don't like practically, tho theoretically I believe in it with my whole soul—It is quite doubtful whether I shall be able to succeed in again meeting her, as she is travelling around—having been born locomotive, I believe." Blackwell gained an introduction to Stone through his late father's friend William Lloyd Garrison, proposing marriage to her within an hour of their first meeting. Blackwell was soundly refused, but he began an irresistible two-year courtship with Stone.

In October 1853, following the National Women's Rights Convention held in Cleveland, Ohio, Blackwell arranged for Stone a series of speaking engagements in the South during which she was invited to stay in Walnut Hills, Cincinnati with the Blackwell family. Harry Blackwell's parents accepted Stone warmly into their home, treating her as a daughter. The Blackwell family thought highly of her spirited oratory against slavery. Her tour through the South was a financial success, with audiences of 2,000𠄳,000 packing the halls to see the "Yankee abolitionist in bloomers". From Louisville, Kentucky, Stone wrote to Blackwell "I am holding meetings here which are wonderfully successful. It would not be strange if this slave state should give political and legal equality to its white women sooner even than Massachusetts." Stone earned between $500 and $1,000 a week, some $13,000 to $26,000 in current value she used a portion of the money to print speeches and circulate them widely. Stone sent much of the remaining money to Blackwell for him to invest as he saw fit. Blackwell, already deep in debt from poor real estate investments, bought for her over 7,400 acres (3,000 ha) of land in Wisconsin and Illinois, convinced that a major railroad line would pass through it. Rails were laid elsewhere, and the land would prove "a heavy load to carry."

In his newspaper, Frederick Douglass printed a rebuke of Stone's free combination of women's rights and abolitionism, saying that she was diminishing the focus and power of the anti-slavery movement. Douglass later found Stone at fault for speaking at a whites-only Philadelphia lecture hall, but Stone insisted that she had replaced her planned speech that day with an appeal to the audience to boycott the facility. It took years before the two were reconciled.

Stone continued to refuse Blackwell's proposals of marriage, but she kept giving him large sums gained from subsequent speaking engagements sometimes more money in a week than he had made in the previous four years. Stone considered him the more skilled in financial dealings, though little proof was in evidence. In February 1854, she began to suffer from debilitating headaches of the same type she had experienced at Oberlin. Her resolve never to marry was giving way under Blackwell's assurances that their union would be one of equals. Stone wrote of marriage as death, as a "suffocating sense of the want of that absolute freedom which I now possess." Her headaches grew in strength such that she ceased touring and lecturing, retreating instead to the old family home at Coy's Hill where she continued to correspond with Blackwell by letter. She spoke at a convention in October 1854, but no relief came from the headaches.

In late 1854, Stone agreed to marry Blackwell. The two set the date for May 1, 1855, and Stone began again to book lectures, including an appearance in Toronto before the Parliament of Canada in support of a proposed married woman's property law. In the months leading up to their wedding, Blackwell wrote a letter to Stone saying "I want to make a protest, distinct and emphatic, against the laws of marriage. I wish, as a husband, to renounce all the privileges which the law confers on me, which are not strictly mutual, and I intend to do so." Inspired by prior wedding statements made by John Stuart Mill and Harriet Taylor Mill in 1851, and by Theodore Dwight Weld and Angelina Grimké in 1838, the two wrote up a tract they called "Marriage Protest" and printed a number of copies to hand out at their wedding. To begin the ceremony, they stood up together and read the Protest, after which the usual marriage service (less the word "obey") was officiated by Reverend Thomas Wentworth Higginson, who approved with "hearty concurrence". In part, the Protest read:

1. The custody of the wife's person.

Higginson wrote a description of the ceremony and forwarded a copy of the Marriage Protest to the Worcester Spy which ran the piece. William Lloyd Garrison's paper The Liberator reprinted the item, adding "We are very sorry (as will be a host of others) to lose Lucy Stone, and certainly no less glad to gain Lucy Blackwell." Newspapers across the country picked up the story and published the full text of the Marriage Protest. Many poked fun at the union the New Orleans Daily Delta toyed with the likely failure of the new couple to find a willing third party to act as arbitrator when the two equals quarreled.

After 14 months of marriage, Lucy Stone insisted that others address her by her maiden name. Stone did not immediately insist on keeping her maiden name. In the wedding card and subsequent announcements, Stone represented herself as "Lucy Stone Blackwell". Blackwell wrote to his new wife in the summer of 1855, saying "Lucy Stone Blackwell is more independent in her pecuniary position than was Lucy Stone." In August 1855, she was referred to as "Mrs. Blackwell" in the minutes of the annual Woman's Rights Convention at Saratoga, New York, with the report that Antoinette Brown introduced her to the assemblage as Lucy Stone Blackwell.

At the National Women's Right's Convention in Cincinnati, October 1855, Stone spoke for the right of each person to establish for herself which sphere, domestic or public, she should be active in. Other women spoke, and a heckler interrupted the proceedings, calling female speakers "a few disappointed women." Stone responded by mounting the speaker's platform and retorting that yes, she was indeed a "disappointed woman."

. In education, in marriage, in religion, in everything, disappointment is the lot of woman. It shall be the business of my life to deepen this disappointment in every woman's heart until she bows down to it no longer.

Antoinette Brown married Samuel Charles Blackwell on January 24, 1856, becoming Stone's sister-in-law in the process, and taking the name Antoinette Brown Blackwell. Stone wrote her friend offering the new couple the use of her home while she was away, signing the letter "Lucy Stone", rather than just "Lucy" as she had in prior letters.

In January 1856, Stone was accused in court, and spoke in defense of a rumor put forward by the prosecution that Stone gave a knife to former slave Margaret Garner, on trial for the killing of her own child to prevent it from being enslaved. Stone was said to have slipped the prisoner the knife so that Garner could kill herself if she was forced to return to slavery. Stone was referred to by the court as "Mrs. Lucy Stone Blackwell" and was asked if she wanted to defend herself she preferred to address the assembly off the record after adjournment, saying ". With my own teeth I would tear open my veins and let the earth drink my blood, rather than wear the chains of slavery. How then could I blame her for wishing her child to find freedom with God and the angels, where no chains are?"

In May 1856, Stone was recorded as "Mrs. Lucy Stone Blackwell" in the minutes of the 23rd anniversary meeting in New York of the American Anti-Slavery Society.

Stone was married more than a year when, in July 1856, she firmly requested of Susan Anthony that for the annual convention her name be given simply as "Lucy Stone". Anthony intended to do as asked, approving of Stone's decision, but Stone's surname still appeared on the published convention call as Blackwell. Stone wrote an angry and emotional letter to Anthony and determined to be known solely as Lucy Stone henceforward. Later, that autumn, she wrote that a wife should no more take her husband's name than he should hers. Others were not as receptive to the decision. Social propriety required certain rules of the day to be followed, and Stone was often referred to in print as "Mrs. Henry Blackwell" or Lucy Stone Blackwell. News articles frequently used the name Lucy Stone Blackwell, even one as late as 1909 which quoted her husband.

Before her own marriage, Stone felt that women should be allowed to divorce drunken husbands, to formally end a "loveless marriage" so that "a true love may grow up in the soul of the injured one from the full enjoyment of which no legal bond had a right to keep her. Whatever is pure and holy, not only has a right to be, but it has a right also to be recognized, and further, I think it has no right not to be recognized." Stone's friends often felt differently about the issue "Nettee" Brown wrote to Stone in 1853 that she was not ready to accept the idea, even if both parties wanted divorce. Stanton was less inclined to clerical orthodoxy she was very much in favor of giving women the right to divorce, eventually coming to the view that the reform of marriage laws was more important than women's voting rights.

In the process of planning for women's rights conventions, Stone worked against Stanton to remove from any proposed platform the formal advocacy of divorce. Stone wished to keep the subject separate, to prevent the appearance of moral laxity. She pushed "for the right of woman to the control of her own person as a moral, intelligent, accountable being." Other rights were certain to fall into place after women were given control of their own bodies. Years later, Stone's position on divorce would change.

Stone and Blackwell set up house in Orange, New Jersey, and Stone bore her first child in September 1857: Alice Stone Blackwell. Blackwell attended the birth, but both before and afterward was often away on business, leaving Stone alone to raise the child. When the infant was only a few months old, Stone protested a tax assessed on her property, arguing since she was not able to vote, that this was "taxation without representation". The state of New Jersey sent a constable to her home on January 18, 1858 and some of her furniture was taken outside and auctioned off, starting with a marble table and two steel-plate portraits, one of William Lloyd Garrison and the other of Ohio Governor Salmon P. Chase. A sympathetic neighbor bought these three items for $10.50 and returned them to Stone. Enough was realized from the brief sale to meet the tax requirement. Publicity from the refusal to pay taxes served to highlight the cause for women's rights Stone made no further trouble with tax officials. Later stories about Stone's feminine tax resistance involved tales of a much grander auction that included sentimental items such as a baby cradle and carriage, and even the whole house.

For the next six years, Stone passed the suffragist baton to Susan Anthony in order to stay at home to raise her daughter. She wrote letters to friends and political figures in support of the causes she had been actively promoting. She complained to friends of gaining weight and becoming matronly. In June 1859, after seven months of pregnancy, Stone bore a son prematurely, but the child died.

During the Civil War, Stone joined with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Martha Coffin Wright, Amy Post, Antoinette Brown Blackwell, Ernestine Rose, and Angelina Grimké Weld to form the Woman's National Loyal League in 1863. The group held a convention in New York City, and resolved to fight for full emancipation and enfranchisement of African Americans. In 1864, the organization gathered 400,000 signatures to petition the United States Congress, significantly assisting in the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery. Once Reconstruction began, Stone helped form the American Equal Rights Association (AERA). AERA's main goal was to achieve equal voting rights for people of either gender and any race.

During the May, 1869 AERA conference, a division arose between the great majority of participants such as Stone who wanted to voice support for the proposed fifteenth amendment which would grant suffrage to African-American men, and a vocal minority who opposed any amendment to voting rights which would not provide universal suffrage. The conflict led to the adoption of a muted resolution in favor of the fifteenth amendment, one which expressed disappointment that Congress had not offered the same privilege to women. The AERA could not hold together from the internal strife between these two positions. Heading the minority, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony formed the female-only National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) to focus on women gaining voting rights. In Cleveland on November 24, Stone, along with her husband and Julia Ward Howe, founded the more moderate American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA), that admitted both men and women. The goals of AWSA were to get the fifteenth amendment passed after which the effort would be redoubled to win women the vote. Beyond membership and the timing of women's suffrage, the groups differed only on minor points of policy.

In 1870, at the twentieth anniversary celebration of the first National Women's Rights Convention in Worcester, Stanton spoke for three hours rallying the crowd for women's right to divorce. By then, Stone's position on the matter had shifted significantly. Personal differences between Stone and Stanton came to the fore on the issue, with Stone writing "We believe in marriage for life, and deprecate all this loose, pestiferous talk in favor of easy divorce."[102] Stone made it clear that those wishing for "free divorce" were not associated with Stone's organization AWSA, headed at that time by Reverend Henry Ward Beecher. Stone wrote against 'free love:' "Be not deceived𠅏ree love means free lust."

This editorial position would come back to haunt Stone. Also in 1870, Elizabeth Roberts Tilton told her husband Theodore Tilton that she had been carrying on an adulterous relation with his good friend Henry Ward Beecher. Theodore Tilton published an editorial saying that Beecher "has at a most unseemly time of life been detected in improper intimacies with certain ladies of his congregation."Tilton also informed Stanton about the alleged affair, and Stanton passed the information to Victoria Woodhull. Woodhull, a free love advocate, printed innuendo about Beecher, and began to woo Tilton, convincing him to write a book of her life story from imaginative material that she supplied. In 1871, Stone wrote to a friend "my one wish in regard to Mrs. Woodhull is, that neither she nor her ideas, may be so much as heard of at our meeting." Woodhull's self-serving activities were attracting disapproval from both centrist AWSA and radical NWSA. To divert criticism from herself, Woodhull published a denunciation of Beecher in 1872 saying that he practiced free love in private while speaking out against it from the pulpit. This caused a sensation in the press, and resulted in an inconclusive legal suit and a subsequent formal inquiry lasting well into 1875. The furor over adultery and the friction between various camps of women's rights activists took focus away from legitimate political aims. Harry Blackwell wrote to Stone from Michigan where he was working toward putting woman suffrage into the state constitution, saying "This Beecher-Tilton affair is playing the deuce with woman suffrage in Michigan. No chance of success this year I fancy."

Stone and Blackwell moved to Pope's Hill in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1870, relocating from New Jersey to organize the New England Woman Suffrage Association. Many of the town's women had been active in the Dorchester Female Anti-Slavery Society and, by 1870, a number of local women were suffragists. At the same time, Stone founded the Woman's Journal, a Boston publication voicing the concerns of the AWSA. Stone continued to edit the journal for the rest of her life, assisted by her husband and their daughter.

In 1877, Stone was asked by Rachel Foster Avery to come assist Colorado activists in the organization of a popular referendum campaign with the aim of gaining suffrage for Colorado women. Together, Stone and Blackwell worked the northern half of the state in late summer, while Susan Anthony traveled the less-promising rough-and-tumble southern half. Patchwork and scattered support was reported by activists, with some areas more receptive. Latino voters proved largely uninterested in voting reform some of that resistance was blamed on the extreme opposition to the measure voiced by the Roman Catholic bishop of Colorado. All but a handful of politicians in Colorado ignored the measure, or actively fought it. Stone concentrated on convincing Denver voters during the October ballot, but the measure lost heavily, with 68% voting against it. Married, working men showed the greatest support, and young, single men the least. Blackwell called it "The Colorado Lesson", writing that "Woman suffrage can never be carried by a popular vote, without a political party behind it."

In 1879, after Stone organized a petition by suffragists across the state, Massachusetts women were given strictly delimited voting rights: a woman who could prove the same qualifications as a male voter was allowed to cast her vote for members of the school board. Stone applied to the voting board in Boston but was required to sign her husband's surname as her own. She refused, and never participated in that vote.

In 1887, eighteen years after the rift formed in the American women's rights movement, Stone proposed a merger of the two groups. Plans were drawn up, and, at their annual meetings, propositions were heard and voted on, then passed to the other group for evaluation. By 1890, the organizations resolved their differences and merged to form the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). Stone was too weak with heart problems and respiratory illness to attend its first convention, but was elected to chair the executive committee.

Starting early in January, 1891, Carrie Chapman Catt visited Stone repeatedly at Pope's Hill, for the purpose of learning from Stone about the ways of political organizing. Stone had previously met Catt at an Iowa state woman's suffrage convention in October, 1889, and had been impressed at her ambition and sense of presence, saying "Mrs. Chapman will be heard from yet in this movement." Stone mentored Catt the rest of that winter, giving her a wealth of information about lobbying techniques and fund-raising. Catt later used the teaching to good effect in leading the final drive to gain women the vote in 1920.

Catt, Stone and Blackwell went together to the January, 1892 NAWSA convention in Washington, DC. Along with Isabella Beecher Hooker, Stone, Stanton and Anthony, the "triumvirate" of women's suffrage, were called away from the convention's opening hours by an unexpected woman suffrage hearing before the United States House Committee on the Judiciary. Stone told the assembled congressmen "I come before this committee with the sense which I always feel, that we are handicapped as women in what we try to do for ourselves by the single fact that we have no vote. This cheapens us. You do not care so much for us as if we had votes. "Stone argued that men should work to pass laws for equality in property rights between the sexes. Stone demanded an eradication of coverture, the folding of a wife's property into that of her husband. Stone's impromptu speech paled in comparison to Stanton's brilliant outpouring which preceded hers. Stone later published Stanton's speech in its entirety in the Woman's Journal as "Solitude of Self". Back at the NAWSA convention, Anthony was elected president, with Stanton and Stone becoming honorary presidents.

In 1892, Stone was convinced to sit for a portrait in sculpture, rendered by Anne Whitney, sculptor and poet. Stone had previously protested the proposed portrait for more than a year, saying that the funds to engage an artist would be better spent on suffrage work. Stone finally yielded to pressure from Frances Willard, the New England Women's Club and some of her friends and neighbors in the Boston area, and sat while Whitney produced a bust. In February 1893, Stone invited her brother Frank and his wife Sarah to come see the bust, before it was shipped to Chicago for display at the upcoming World's Columbian Exposition.

Stone went with her daughter to Chicago in May, 1893 and gave her last public speeches at the World's Congress of Representative Women where she saw a strong international involvement in women's congresses, with almost 500 women from 27 countries speaking at 81 meetings, and attendance topping 150,000 at the week-long event. Stone's immediate focus was on state referenda under consideration in New York and Nebraska. Stone presented a speech she had prepared entitled "The Progress of Fifty Years" wherein she described the milestones of change, and said "I think, with never-ending gratitude, that the young women of today do not and can never know at what price their right to free speech and to speak at all in public has been earned." Stone met with Carrie Chapman Catt and Abigail Scott Duniway to form a plan for organizing in Colorado, and Stone attended two days of meetings about getting a woman suffrage drive re-started in Kansas. Stone and her daughter returned home to Pope's Hill on May 28.

Those who knew Stone well thought her voice was lacking strength. In August when she and her husband Harry wanted to take part in more meetings at the Exposition, she was too weak to go. Stone was diagnosed as suffering from advanced stomach cancer in September. She wrote final letters to friends and relatives. Having "prepared for death with serenity and an unwavering concern for the women's cause," Lucy Stone died on October 18, 1893 at the age of 75. At her funeral three days later, 1,100 people crowded the church, and hundreds more stood silently outside. Six women and six men served as pallbearers, including sculptor Anne Whitney, and Stone's old abolitionist friends Thomas Wentworth Higginson and Samuel Joseph May. Mourners lined the streets for a sight of the funeral procession, and front-page banner headlines ran in news accounts. Stone's death was the most widely reported of any American woman's up to that time.

According to her wishes, her body was cremated, making her the first person cremated in Massachusetts, though a wait of over two months was undertaken while the crematorium at Forest Hills Cemetery could be completed. Stone's remains are interred at Forest Hills a chapel there is named after her.

Lucy Stone's refusal to take her husband's name, as an assertion of her own rights, was controversial then, and is largely what she is remembered for today. Women who continue to use their birth name after marriage are still occasionally known as "Lucy Stoners" in the United States. In 1921, the Lucy Stone League was founded in New York City by Ruth Hale, described in 1924 by Time as the "'Lucy Stone'-spouse" of Heywood Broun. The League was re-instituted in 1997.

Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Matilda Joslyn Gage and Ida Husted Harper began in 1876 to write the History of Woman Suffrage. They planned for one volume but finished four before the death of Anthony in 1906, and two more afterward. The first three volumes chronicled the beginnings of the women's rights movement, including the years that Stone was active. Because of differences between Stone and Stanton that had been highlighted in the schism between NWSA and AWSA, Stone's place in history was marginalized in the work. The text was used as the standard scholarly resource on 19th century American feminism for much of the 20th century, causing Stone's extensive contribution to be overlooked in many histories of women's causes.

On August 13, 1968, the 150th anniversary of her birth, the U.S. Postal Service honored Stone with a 50¢ postage stamp in the Prominent Americans series. The image was adapted from a photograph included in Alice Stone Blackwell's biography of Stone.

Until 1999, the Massachusetts State House displayed only portraits of influential male leaders of the state of Massachusetts. That year, a project called "Hear Us", initiated by the state legislature, came to fruition: the portraits of six female leaders were mounted in the historic building. Lucy Stone was among the women so honored.

In 2000, Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls included a song entitled Lucystoners on her first solo recording, Stag.

An administration and classroom building on Livingston Campus at Rutgers University in New Jersey is named for Lucy Stone. Warren, Massachusetts contains a Lucy Stone Park, along the Quaboag River. Anne Whitney's 1893 bust of Lucy Stone is on display at the Boston Public Library.


Lucy Stone was one of the first leaders of the women's rights movement in the United States. A noted lecturer and writer, Stone spent most of her life working for women's suffrage. She is also believed to be the first married woman in the United States to keep her maiden name.

Stone was born on August 13, 1818, in West Brookfield, Massachusetts. Determined to attend college, she went to work as a teacher at the age of sixteen to earn money for the tuition. Nine years later she entered Oberlin College, the first coeducational college in the United States. While at Oberlin she formed the first women's college debating society. Stone was a fiery and forceful orator.

After graduating in 1847, Stone became a lecturer for the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, one of the leading abolitionist organizations of its time. Stone became convinced that parallels existed between the positions of women and slaves. In her view both were expected to be passive, cooperative, and obedient. In addition, the

legal status of both slaves and women was inferior to that of white men. Stone persuaded the society to allow her to spend part of her time speaking on the topic of women's rights. In 1850 she organized the first national Women's Rights Convention in Worcester, Massachusetts.

"The flour-merchant … and the postman charge us no less on account of our sex, but when we endeavor to earn money to pay all these, then, indeed, we find the difference."
—Lucy Stone

In 1855 Stone married Henry B. Blackwell, an Ohio merchant and abolitionist. The couple entered into the marriage "under protest" at their wedding they read and signed a document explicitly protesting the legal rights that were given to a husband over his wife. They omitted the word "obey" from the marriage vows and promised to treat each other equally. Stone also announced that she would not take her husband's name and would be addressed instead as Mrs. Stone. This action drew national attention,

and women who retained their maiden names were soon known as "Lucy Stoners."

After the Civil War Stone and Blackwell shifted their energies to women's suffrage. Although Stone was in agreement with elizabeth cady stanton and susan b. anthony on the goal of women's suffrage, she differed as to the best way to secure the vote for women. In 1869 Stone helped form the American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA). The AWSA worked for women's suffrage on a state by state basis, seeking amendments to state constitutions. Stanton and Anthony established a rival organization, the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA), that sought an amendment to the U.S. Constitution similar to the fifteenth amendment that gave nonwhite men the right to vote. Whereas the AWSA concentrated on women's suffrage, the NWSA took a broader approach, lobbying for improvements in the legal status of women in areas such as family law as well as for suffrage.

Stone also helped found the Woman's Journal, a weekly suffrage journal, in 1870. She edited the journal for many years, eventually turning the task over to her daughter, Alice Stone Blackwell, in 1882. As editor, Stone focused on the AWSA's goal of suffrage.

In 1890 the AWSA and the NWSA merged into the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). Stone became the chair of the executive committee, and Stanton served as the first president. In that same year, Wyoming became the first state to meet Stone's goal as it entered the Union with a constitution that gave women the right to vote.

Stone died on October 19, 1893, in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

Lucy Stone

As an orator and an editor, Lucy Stone won innumerable converts to the cause of women’s rights. Growing up on the family farm, she learned the difficulties women faced. Her mother’s hardships distressed her, and her father ridiculed Lucy’s desire to attend college.

At the age of twenty-five she entered Oberlin, a pioneering co-educational college. She supported her studies through teaching and housework until her father at last relented and gave her some assistance. Her study of Greek and Hebrew convinced her that crucial passages in the Bible (those declaring woman inferior) had been translated wrongly. When she graduated from Oberlin in 1847, Lucy Stone became the first Massachusetts women to earn a college degree.

She was a gifted public speaker, and a dedicated abolitionist. Soon she was appointed a lecturer for the American Anti-Slavery Society. Her natural eloquence drew large crowds, though she often had to face hostility. In 1850 she helped organize a women’s rights convention in Worcester, Massachusetts. There, at the first “national” convention, Lucy Stone delivered a speech on women’s rights that converted Susan B. Anthony to the cause. When she married Henry Blackwell (brother of Elizabeth Blackwell) Lucy Stone kept her own name, thus coining the phrase “Lucy Stoner” to describe a married woman who retains her maiden name. Lucy Stone took the lead in organizing the American Woman Suffrage Association. This group, considered the most moderate wing of the women suffrage movement, conflicted with Stanton and Anthony over policy and tactics.

Lucy Stone and her husband founded and edited the organization’s weekly newspaper, The Woman’s Journal, which was considered “the voice of the woman’s movement.” Lucy Stone spent her lifetime battling for women’s rights and inspiring others to join her cause.

Year Honored: 1986

Birth: 1818 - 1893

Born In: Massachusetts

Achievements: Humanities

Educated In: Massachusetts, Ohio, United States of America

Schools Attended: Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, Oberlin College, Quaboag Seminary, Wesleyan Academy

The Mass Historical Commission determined that the Lucy Stone Home Site was eligible for Historic Register Nomination in 2012. After extensive research and multiple revisions of the nomination including a name change to Lucy Stone House Site, the nomination was finally approved last week and will now be sent to the National Park Service for review.

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Lucy is a friendly girl who enjoys spending time with BTR and Camille. She said in Big Time Scandal that she loves the guys. She is really close with BTR.


– Lucy trying to kiss Kendall, Big Time Lies

Lucy to Kendall, Big Time Lies

Kendall and Lucy are close friends. Their first encounter is in Big Time Rocker. However, Kendall can't talk to her because of his break-up with Jo. In the beginning they don't start out as friends. Kendall is offended when Lucy calls Big Time Rush's music "cute". Throughout the episode Kendall tries proving to Lucy that Big Time Rush's music rocks. Eventually she is convinced when she sees them performing Paralyzed and blocking traffic. Soon a friendship is formed.

In Big Time Secret Lucy and Kendall are seen hanging out with Camille and the guys. In the episode Lucy has to keep a secret for Kendall (and Camille).

Lucy and Kendall's relationship is also acknowledged in Big Time Move. While the boys are performing All Over Again Lucy smiles and winks at Kendall. This may be hinting that Lucy has a crush on Kendall. Another sign that she for sure has a crush on Kendall is that in the episode "Big Time Returns" James has called dibs on Lucy and when Lucy finds out she calls dibs on Kendall and kisses him on the cheek. In the end she claims she never winked at Kendall to both Kendall and James and that she just had dust in her eye. Then Lucy walks away and Kendall and James face each other and Kendall looks over James' shoulder and Lucy turns and winks at him. Kendall then faces James again and asks "Is it dusty today?" and James replies "No. " Kendall then looks at Lucy again and she gives him a flirty smile and wave. I also believe she gives him another wink.

In Big Time Double Date Kendall helps Lucy continue lying to her parents about why she is in LA. Kendall's parents persuade her parents to accept her career and after the boys' performance, they let Lucy stay in LA. In the end they are shown holding hands.

In Big Time Surprise Kendall tries to ask Lucy out on a date but gets interrupted by her ex-boyfriend Beau. Kendall later uses an elevator but when it opens he sees Beau kissing another girl. He uses James Jett Stetson and Camille to try and save Lucy from being brokenhearted. On the final attempt he tries to capture what Beau is doing but Beau breaks the camera. Then Lucy appears and confesses she heard everything so Beau leaves and says everyone is crazy. Lucy says he is right and then she looks at Kendall and says and amazing. James and Jett push the two into the elevator and Kendall finally asks Lucy out. Then when the elevator opens it shows Lucy and Kendall kissing. But then Jo appears seeing them kiss.

In Big Time Decision Kendall must choose between Lucy or Jo. After confronting his feelings, Kendall picks Jo and Lucy leaves the show.

In Big Time Scandal Lucy returned with a breakup song about her getting dumped by Kendall. In the beginning Kendall seemed happy for Lucy because of her hit song. Later Kendall found out he got stoned (swifted) and seemed surprised. Kendall says Lucy's song is great but then he says "we weren't officially going out." Lucy then becomes mad at Kendall. In Lucy's press conference Lucy is about to say who the jerk face is when Logan pointed out that Kendall was confused about his feelings and didn't mean to hurt Lucy's feelings. When Lucy heard the words come out of Logan's mouth she says the jerk faces were combinations of guys she dated and also points out that she and Kendall had half a date and a kiss and it was very sweet. Lucy then winks at Kendall then leaves. Kendall then says thank you. In the end Lucy returns to the Palm Woods. Kendall seemed surprised that Lucy had returned.

In Big Time Lies Lucy winks at Kendall when she was heading to the pool. She agreed to be friends with him (and Jo) and said she didn't come back to the Palm Woods to start drama. Things get weird when Kendall was listening to Lucy's song on the radio. He then goes to get his MP3 player and Lucy appears in the elevator waiting for him. Lucy backs Kendall against the wall and also stops the elevator by pressing the emergency button. Lucy was inches away from kissing Kendall but he runs away, making her sad. She attempts to kiss Kendall again but is eventually caught by Jo. While waiting for Jo to leave the bathroom, Lucy sees Kendall and she spoke of song titles like "He will be mine", "Blow you a kiss" and "Kendall dumped Jo because he realized she still likes me". She smiles at him gratefully and also blows him a kiss. Kendall looked surprised when she blew him a kiss. She compliments Kendall who was wearing his mom's pants. Lucy looks down at the floor sad because of what she's done. She says that she doesn't want to get back with Kendall and that she only wanted to have ideas on writing a song. This episode and Big Time Scandal were major factors in the Kucy relationship.


In Big Time Rocker Carlos forms a crush on Lucy. During the episode he competes against James for her heart. Unfortunately Lucy doesn't feel the same way and she would much rather be friends. In the end Carlos does agree to be friends and he remains in the "friend zone."

In Big Time Scandal, Carlos alongside Logan, James, Jett, Camille and Buddha Bob defend Kendall at her press conference. Thanks to Carlos, she saves not only Kendall, but the band as a whole.

Throughout the show, both of them remain friends and hang out with each other when he's with the other boys.


In Big Time Rocker James forms a crush on Lucy. During the episode he competes against Carlos for her heart. Just like Carlos Lucy also doesn't feel the same way about James. Eventually James agrees to be friends with Lucy and just like Carlos he remains in the "friend zone."

In Big Time Returns James has a huge crush on Lucy! He calls "dibs" on her. James gets mad at Kendall for just talking with her and makes him run half a mile in his underwear. James still has a crush on her afterward.

In a promo for Season 4 James is seen trying to impress her with a snake around his neck.

In Big Time Scandal when James says plans he says how he will make out with Lucy. Also at the end of the episode when we find out Lucy will move back into the Palm Woods James smiles and says "She will be mine."

In Big Time Lies James was flirting with Lucy. Lucy just looked at him and said she rather eat hair. He says "You will be mine." Also when he was soda bowling with Carlos he said if he strikes in it means Lucy totally likes him and they will be dating soon. He also says he's soda bowling for 'Love.'

In Big Time Bonus With his (James) bonus James decides to buy a snake to impress Lucy. James was flirting with her with his new snake around his neck.

Lucy and James sharing a moment.

In Big Time Pranks 2 James and Lucy compete against their friends for the title of King and Queen of Pranks. Gustavo tries to prank her but James saves her by jumping in front of her. This results in Lucy falling for him and she tries to kiss him but they are interrupted by confetti falling on them.

In Big Time Rides James buys a motorcycle to try to impress Lucy and they nearly went on their first date until James crashed through the wall.

In Big Time Tests James was depressed because Lucy is on a European tour. This showed that he still has a crush on Lucy. He buys magazines to check if he would be a good boyfriend.

In Big Time Dreams Lucy comes back for the 24th Annual Tween Choice Awards and James is mad at her because she didn't say goodbye to him when she left. She later admits she came back for James and they share their first kiss.


In the beginning Logan seems to be the only band member who doesn't interact with Lucy. Somehow they do become good friends.

In Big Time Secret Lucy helps Logan spy on Kendall and Camille. Logan forces her to find out what is going on between them and she encourages him that nothing is going on between them.

In Big Time Scandal, he alongside James, Carlos, Jett, Camille and Buddha Bob go to Lucy's press conference to defend Kendall. Remembering the events of Big Time Decision, he explains to her that Kendall was conflicted about her feelings and that he didn't mean to hurt her. This causes Lucy to tell the press the true meaning behind her song and as a result, she saves not only Kendall's reputation, but the band as a whole.

Like Carlos, she is still friends with him and the other boys.


Camille and Lucy seem to be friends. It isn't shown that they talk too much but they do hang out together. Usually when they're hanging out the guys are with them.

In Big Time Secret Lucy keeps a secret for Camille (and Kendall) from Logan.

In Big Time Surprise it's said that Camille is Lucy's best friend at the Palm Woods.

Jo Taylor

In Big Time Decision Jo returned to the Palm Woods and Lucy introduced herself to her. Jo was kind of in shock and asked if Lucy and Kendall were dating causing Kendall to panic and avoid them for the rest of the day. Both of them decided to leave the Palm Woods if Kendall didn't choose them just to avoid heartbreak. Since Kendall chose Jo Lucy ended up leaving the Palm Woods.

In Big Time Scandal Lucy returned to the public eye when her debut CD was released. The first single "You Dumped Me For Her" was a smash hit but since it was about Lucy being dumped by Kendall it caused a lot of trouble for BTR at first--especially Kendall. In the beginning Jo was angry at Lucy for swifting Kendall. Jo and Kendall confronted Lucy at the casting shoot for her new music video "Elevator Kisses" but they were both surprised to find out Lucy didn't write the song out of anger or revenge. She then promised not to tell anyone that the song was about Kendall. Relieved Jo and Kendall were about to leave when he commented that the song wasn't exactly accurate. Jo tried to stop him from saying anything else but he ended up angering Lucy to the point where she told them she was going to hold a press conference where she planned to tell the whole world that he was the guy in the song and that he was a "total jerkface". Enlisting the help of Camille Jett, Buddha Bob Kendall and Jo, they tried to disrupt the press conference but things self-destructed when Lucy recognized Buddha Bob and blew his cover. But in the end after some gentle urging by Carlos, James and Logan Lucy let Kendall off the hook and told the press that Kendall wasn't the guy the song referred to earning Kendall's gratitude and Jo's respect. When Lucy returned to the Palm Woods Jo seemed surprised and a little angry.

In Big Time Lies Jo (with Kendall) feels awkward when Lucy has moved back to the Palm Woods. Jo tells Kendall to not go in the elevator with anyone meaning to not go in with Lucy. In the end after Lucy tries winning him back several times, Kendall tells Jo that he was with Lucy in the elevator. Jo confesses she'd been worried about Kendall wanting her back but he tells her that isn't the case. Lucy appears then and apologizes to them both saying that she doesn't want to get back with Kendall--she only wanted ideas to write new music since after Kendall chose Jo over her, she'd been able to write some of the best songs of her life. But now that she was over it she was having serious trouble coming up with anything new. In the end Jo and Lucy become friends.

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