First woman to keep maiden name

May 1, 1855

Women’s rights activist Lucy Stone beceme the first woman known to keep her maiden name upon marriage. Stone and her husband, Henry Blackwell, asserted that they had married “acknowledging our mutual affection by publicly assuming the relationship of husband and wife.” They believed that “personal independence and equal human rights can never be forfeited . . . [and] marriage should be an equal and permanent partnership.”

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