Feminist History Revisited Thanks to Susan Savion


Matilda Joslyn Gage was born into an activist family in Upstate New York that was on the underground railroad. Later, she took up women’s causes. If she had been satisfied to stick to getting women the vote, she would have been remembered along with Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. However, Matilda was adopted into the Wolf Clan of the Haudenosaunee women in the Mohawk tribe. There she saw examples of women having rights of property ownership, governance and equality of power. Their government was a matriarchy. As a result, Matilda started writing articles. She began to fight for the rights of Native Americans, enslaved people and those impacted by government control, justice and equality for all. She was written out of history as being too radical. Susan Savion discovered her at the Gage House in Fayettesville, NY and is on a mission to get her back into the history books.




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