The National Citizen and Ballot Box was a monthly journal deeply involved in the roots of the American feminist movement. It was owned and edited by Matilda Joslyn Gage, American women’s rights advocate, who helped to lead and publicize the suffrage movement in the United States.
Lucy Brand Votes
How she Heard the News. How she Voted.
Mrs. Lucy A. Brand, Principal of the Genesee School of this city, a woman with abilities as good as those of any male principal, but who, because she is a woman, receives five hundred and fifty dollars less salary a year than a male principal, was the first woman in the State of New York to cast a vote under the new school law.
On Saturday afternoon she was at a friend’s house, when the Journal was thrown in, containing the first editorial notice of the passage of the law. Mrs. Brand saw the welcome announcement. “Let us go and register,” she at once said, her heart swelling with joy and thankfulness that even this small quantity of justice had been done woman. “Where is my shawl? I feel as if I should die, if I don’t get there,” for the hour was late, and the time for closing the registry lists was near at hand. To have lost this opportunity would have placed her in position of a second Tantalus, the cup withdrawn just as it touched her lips.