Clarina Howard Nichols was a prominent suffragette during her lifetime, though we don't often hear about her today. She helped organize and submit several petitions to the Vermont legislature, influencing women's rights. She was also one of the first female newspaper editors.
Born in West Townshend, she was left to support herself and her children after a failed marriage. She began writing for the Windham County Democrat newspapers and later married the editor, eventually taking over the role.
In 1854, Nichols moved to Kansas to continue her activism, fighting for women's rights, serving at times as a teacher, lecturer, editor, writer, farmer, lay doctor and lawyer, government clerk, matron in a home for destitute black children and widows, and conductor on the Underground Railroad.
Script, Audio Production/Editing, Narration: Donna Blackney
Production Assistance: Lissa Weinmann
Commentary/Research: Nancy Olson
Additional Research: Marilyn Blackwell (U. Mass Amherst), Dan DeWalt (also original piano in Clarina 2), Rolf Parker-Houghton
Voice of Clarina: Shannon Ward
Voice of Sen. Joseph Barrett (Clarina 3): John Loggia
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