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 Harriet Jane <I>Hanson</I> Robinson

Harriet Jane Hanson Robinson

Birth
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 11 Dec 1911 (aged 86)
Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 53251356 · View Source
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Social reformer, Suffragette and Author. Harriet Robinson worked as a mill operative for the Tremont Corporation at Lowell, Massachusetts. At the age of 10, she worked as a bobbin doffer. This is the person who took off full bobbins from the spinning frames and replaced them with empty bobbins. Harriet and other women workers were paid two dollars a week. In October of 1836, the Lowell Mills cut the wages of the women workers. The women gathered after work and organized together to protest this cut in pay. Their protest against wage cuts was one of the first protests in United States history. They were successful in their protest and had their wages reinstated to what it was before. Harriet became a leading suffragette. She testified before Congress on the subject of women's suffrage. The National Women's Suffrage Association, which she was a member of, was founded at Harriet's home in Malden, Massachusetts. Harriet Robinson wrote poems and stories for the ‘Lowell Offering', the mill operatives' newspaper that became nationally known. In the words of Editor Abel C. Thomas, the ‘Lowell Offering' was "the first magazine or journal written exclusively by women in the whole world." Harriet Robinson's writings included: Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement (1881), The New Pandora (1889), a dramatic poem, and Loom and Spindle (1898), a memoir of her years in the Lowell mills. The book, "A Good Poor Man's Wife": Being a Chronicle of Harriet Hanson Robinson and Her Family in Nineteenth-Century New England by Claudia L. Bushman, gives a dramatic account of how one strong woman, Harriet Robinson, turned to writing and politics showing the tension between women's reform clubs, antislavery reform, and domestic life.



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  • Created by: rebekahpaw
  • Added: 4 Jun 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 53251356
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Harriet Jane Hanson Robinson (2 Aug 1825–11 Dec 1911), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53251356, citing Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by rebekahpaw (contributor 47146422) .