Sally Roesch Wagner
SISTERS IN SPIRIT
THE UNTOLD STORY --- NATIVE AMERICAN SOCIETY INFLUENCED EARLY FEMINISTS
SISTERS IN SPIRIT - Haudenosaunee ( Iroquois) Influence on Early American Feminists -Sally Roesch Wagner - This little book, by the president of the Matilda Joseylyn Gage Foundation, and founder of women's studies at C.S.U in Sacremento, tells the story of the Native American civilization that influenced Mott, Stanton and Gage, the three who started the women's rights movement. The movement was born in the territory of the Haudenosaunee in July, 1848. The Haudenosanuee ( called Iroquois by settlers) Gage, visited the Cattaraugus community in June, 1848, just before the Seneca Falls Convention. She later adopted into the Wolf Clan of the Mohawk Nation. Roesch Wagner's extensive studies of the Haudenosanuee and the early feminist's contact with them is a compelling proof that the model for women's rights movement came also from the equitable society of these native americans.
Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) women fired the revolutionary vision of early feminists by providing a model of freedom for women at a time when EuroAmerican women experienced few rights. Women of the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy enjoyed decisive political power, control of their bodies, control of their own property, custody of the children they bore, the power to intiiate divorce, satisfying work, and a society generally free of rape and domestic violence. The author recounts the compelling struggle for freedom and equality waged by women in the U.S. and documents the inspiration and influence Native American women gave to this dynamic social movement.
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