Women’s History Month – Anna Howard Shaw

Anna Howard Shaw (1847 – 1919) spent her life fighting for women’s rights.  She came to this country when she was four years old.  She witnessed the Civil War and World War 1 in the US.

She decided to go to college, at time that women often did not.  She also decided to be a preacher, at a time that women simply didn’t.  Or, didn’t become licensed to do so.  She was the first female Methodist Protestant minister.

She didn’t end her education.  In 1886 she earned her medical doctor degree as well.  Although online reports don’t show how she used this degree, it fit in well with her other accomplishments, and helped break down doors for future female doctors.

She used her position to preach politics, and women’s wrights.  Susan B. Anthony was among her friends.  She chaired many committees over the years for women’s rights, temperance, and national defense group for women.

Her death from pneumonia occurred a year before women gained the right to vote in 1920.

Works Cited: All Accessed on 02/23/17

http://www.biography.com/people/anna-howard-shaw-9480841

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Anna-Howard-Shaw

Works Cited: All Accessed on 02/23/17

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