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Matilda Joslyn Gage owned, published, and edited an influential suffragist monthly newspaper, The National Citizen and Ballot Box, from May, 1878 through October 1881. While calling itself the official exponent of the National Woman's Suffrage Association--which Gage, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton jointly shared leadership of---the "National Citizen" reflected Gage's radical independence as she fought for equal political and social rights of women in an era when women basically had no rights at all.

Mr. Svenson's talk--with selected readings of Matilda Joslyn Gage's actual words--will focus on the hard work Gage did to change a deeply entrenched status quo, paving the way some 22 years after her death, for American women's right to vote. As editor, lecturer, lobbyist, social theorist, and chairperson of numerous women's rights conventions, Fayetteville's most famous citizen is remembered today as a unique and brilliant agent of change in the latter part of the 19th century.