Monday, May 6, 2013

Phebe A. Coffin Hanaford

Born this day in 1829: Phebe A. Coffin Hanaford (1829–1921), minister, suffragist, feminist

Hanaford, a native of Nantucket, Massachusetts, was the first Universalist woman minister, first woman minister in New England, and third woman minister in the United States. Despite frequent opposition, she preached for more than 20 years. Rev. Hanaford believed that scripture “retarded the progress of woman for centuries, but not for all time." She was an active suffragist and worked closely with the leading feminists of the day. She was a charter member of the Equal Rights Association and the New England Woman’s Suffrage Association.

For a brief account of her life from the Nantucket Historical Society, go here

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