She thus recalls some of the scenes in the State House
where she was so long a familiar figure:--
“I have again and again been one of a deputation charged with laying before a legislature the injustice of the law which forbids the husband a business contract with his wife, and of that which denies to a married woman the right to be appointed guardian of her children.
We reasoned also against what in legal language is termed ‘the widow's quarantine,’ the ordinance which forbids a widow to remain in her husband's house more than forty days without paying rent, the widower in such case possessing an unlimited right to abide under the roof of his deceased wife.
Finally, we dared ask that night-walkers of the male sex should be made liable to the same penalties as women for the same offence.
Our bill passed the legislature, and became part of the laws of Massachusetts
Elsewhere she writes: “In Massachusetts
the suffragists worked for fifty-five years before they succeeded in getting a law making mothers equal guardians of their minor children with the fathers.
, when the women were enfranchised, the next legislature passed such a bill.”
Of the movement by which women won a right to have a voice in the education of their children, she says: “The proposal to render women eligible for service on the School Board was met at first with derision and with serious disapproval.
The late Abby W. May
had much to do with the early consideration of this measure, and the work which finally resulted in its adoption had its ”