“There can be no permanent peace until the cause of the war is destroyed. And what caused the war? Slavery! And nothing else. That is the cornerstone and keystone of the whole. The cries of downtrodden millions arising to the throne of God.”—Matilda Joslyn Gage, August 25, 1862, Fayetteville, N.Y.

“Women as human beings have inherent rights to share in all the duties of the world, in all methods of the world’s progress, because in these duties, in these methods, lie developing powers.”—Matilda Joslyn Gage

Matilda shared many duties in support of world progress. She was unable to attend the first Woman’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls in 1848, but she did attend the third national convention held in Syracuse in 1852. This is where she first spoke out publicly. She went on to become a noted speaker and writer on woman’s suffrage. In 1869, she joined Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s National Women’s Suffrage Association and contributed to its newspaper, the Revolution. She also helped found and became the secretary of the New York State Women’s Suffrage Association in that same year.