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Anna Howard Shaw

(1847-1919), Women's rights activist, physician, minister and writer

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Shaw's family emigrated from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne to the Michigan frontier in 1851. Her childhood was hard, spent helping her mother and siblings manage a large farm and teaching at 15 years old during the Civil War. She attended the Boston University of Theology and became the first ordained female Methodist ministers in the United States in 1880, after initially being refused because she was a woman. She became increasingly involved in the women's suffrage movement and in 1888 played a pivotal role in merging two associations into the National American Women Suffrage Association (NAWSA). She became NAWSA's president but subsequently resigned after it took on a more militant approach.

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