LUCY STONE COOPERATIVE

JULY 2010 NEWSLETTER

Dear Friends,

June has come and gone with many blessings.  Our first Solidarity Supper was a success, with an abundance of good food and conversation shared by many.  As we continue to receive questions about Lucy Stone and who she was, read the article below about her and the politics of her time around pay for work done by women.  Lastly, we extend our gratitude for some of the gifts shared with us this month, including you all bringing our events to life and our first congregational investor!  

Solidarity Supper

On June 18th, the Lucy Stone Co-op had our first Solidarity Supper at First Parish UU Church in Dorchester.  It was an evening of sharing in community, delicious food, and personal storytelling, while supporting one of our partner organizations, Renewal House.  About 25 friends came together with a delicious variety of potluck offerings and shared stories of the role community plays in our lives.

Afterwards, Colleen Armstrong spoke about her experience working for Renewal House, a UU Urban Ministry that houses and supports people who have experienced domestic abuse.  In the end, we raised over $200 for Renewal House and cultivated our relationships to each other and a broader ministry.  

Many thanks to Rev. Art Lavoie at First Parish for offering us the space and to all who attended, shared some fantastic food, and offered their support.  We hope to make this event into a tradition, so look out for the next Solidarity Supper coming up later on this summer!

Did You Know?

Lucy Stone & the Politics of Her Time: Equal Pay for Equal Work

Lucy Stone paid her way through college by teaching part-time.  She had been trained previously as a teacher and taught both white students and at a school for free blacks.  It was commonly accepted at the time though that women should not be paid the same as men for their work.

“Stone presented her request for equal pay to the school in February of 1845.  The board denied Stone’s request, she resigned her classes, and a contest began that lasted three months.  Stone was a popular teacher and her students wanted her back. Evidently impressed more by Stone’s description of hardship than by her arguments for fairness, the faculty asked her to teach just one class if she fest she could not manage two.  But Stone insisted she would teach only if given the same pay as her male coworkers.  The faculty board referred the issue to a committee, and while it pondered what to do, Stone’s former students informed the board that if it would not pay Miss Stone what was right, they themselves would!  The faculty at length yielded and in the middle of May, Stone resumed teaching at twelve and one-half cents an hour.”

Excerpt from Women’s Voices, Women’s Place: Lucy Stone and the Women’s Rights Movement, by Joelle Million

Thank You!

 A selection of contributions for which we are grateful:

We could still use your help!

There are still a few things we are looking for, if you’re able to share.  We need your support to make this happen!

In cooperation,

Danilo, Elizabeth, Greg, Heather, Hilary, Matt, Rae, and Rowan

The Lucy Stone Cooperative Planning Team

info@lucystonecoop.org