Iroquois woman

As an Indian woman, I owned my home, my person, the work of my hands, and my children should never forget me. I was better as an Indian woman than under white law.
Iroquois Indian woman

Our Native American woman stands for the six tribes of the Iroquois (Haudenosausee). We do not know her name, but we do know that she and her tribal sisters provided a model for several of the early suffragists. The voice of women was equal to men not only in the councils but also in the home.

Matilda Joslyn Gage wrote that the Iroquois provided the modern world’s “first conception of inherent rights, natural equality of condition, and the establishment of a civilized government upon this basis….” We honor them for their ways and for the hope they inspired among the suffragists.