1921 May 17

Women Should Keep their Own Names: Lucy Stone League Formed


The Lucy Stone League, founded on this day, was committed to the principle that women can choose to keep their own names when they marry. Lucy Stone (1818–1853) was reportedly the first woman in the United States to keep her name after marrying. The League faded away in the late 1930s, was revived in 1950, and after fading away again was revived again in 1997.

Lucy Stone: “A wife should no more take her husband’s name than he should hers. My name is my identity and must not be lost.”

Learn more about Lucy Stone: http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/ww/stone.html

And more: https://www.nwhm.org/education-resources/biography/biographies/lucy-stone/

And more about the Lucy Stone League: https://web.archive.org/web/20130602222708/http://lucystoneleague.org/

Learn about the 2007 California Name Equality Act: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/birthdeathmar/Documents/NameEqualityActPamphlet-(1-13).pdf

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