Who was the First Woman to Address a Legislature in the United States?

Historian Lucy Knight spoke at Radcliffe and shed light on two sisters at the center of the 19th century anti-abolition advocacy. A Harvard Gazette article about the lecture and the digitization of thousands of anti-slavery petitions features the first woman who addressed a legislative body in the United States. She asked “Are we aliens because we are women? … Have women no country?”

From Prison to Poverty

Sociologist Bruce Western is spending his year as the Evelyn Green Davis Fellow at Radcliffe to focus on a multiyear study that tracked the lives of 122 men and women who left prison and returned to their Boston neighborhoods. In an interview with the Harvard Gazette about his work, he shares insights into how social conditions of American poverty shape the lives of those released from incarceration.

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