“Ahead of Her Time”
Women’s Rights Lecture: “Ahead of her time”
“Meet the woman who was ahead of the woman who was ahead of her time”
With these words Gloria Steinem describes Matilda Joslyn Gage, the forgotten feminist who was considered equal in leadership with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony during her time. Adopted into the wolf clan of the Mohawk nation and supporter of native sovereignty and treaty rights, Gage acknowledged the superior position of Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) women, drawing inspiration from their model. She advocated civil rights, the separation of church and state and inspired her son-in-law L. Frank Baum to create a feminist utopia in his 14 Oz books. Written out of history for her challenge to religious fundamentalism, Gage stands as a beacon today in the struggle for peace and justice.