The Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Influence on Women's Rights. A lecture by Sally Roesch Wagner.
Imagine that women had the right to choose all political representatives, and to remove from office anyone who didn't address the wishes and needs of the people. Haudenosaunee (traditional Iroquois) women have had that responsibility - and more - since long before Christopher Columbus came to these shores. Pre-contact, Native American women generally had a status which would be the envy of United States women, even today.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Matilda Joslyn Gage, the two major theoreticians of the early women's rights movement, had direct knowledge of the Haudenosaunee, writing about the superior social, political, religious, and economic status of women in the Iroquois nations. Their work for women's rights, Wagner argues, was inspired by the vision they received from the Haudenosaunee of gender balance and harmony.
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