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.
!n 1854, Nicols 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.
Audio Producer: Donna Blackney
Research & Narration: Nancy Olson
Research & Music: Dan DeWalt
Research: Marilyn Blackwell at UMass Amherst & Rolf Parker - Houghton
Playing Clarina: Shannon Ward
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Pictured above: Clarina Howard Nichols portrait. Engraved by J. G. Butre from History of Woman Suffrage,1881