Sweet Auburn: The Magazine of the Friends of Mount Auburn Lives of the Past Informing the Future - Page 18

By Rosemarie Smurzynski Volunteer Docent T he road to women’s suffrage was long, but as feminist historian Susan Ware stresses, it was also wide. In education, in marriage, in professional life, in politics, and in racial justice, that road encompassed women’s rights beyond the vote. Some activists expanded their work to include rights of women and men of color. Many women from Boston who labored for these rights in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery. Their monuments dot the landscape, and Mount Auburn’s Women WarriOrs their stories report the struggles, losses, and eventual successes of their activism. Two who spent their lives in the overlapping struggle for woman’s rights and racial justice were Harriot Hunt (1805–1875), Lot 2630 Poplar Avenue, and Josephine Ruffin (1842–1924), Lot 4960 Indian Ridge Path. Between them, their lives spanned a century of activism, each an agitator until the day she died. Both were native to New England. Both were intelligent, inspirational, dynamic pioneers in the battle for equality. Both were chroniclers of the battle, sharing their public roles and private lives in their much-read works. Both were allied with other women who were also engaged in the movement, 16