Nantucket Women’s History

Nantucket has a long and proud history of empowering women. Mary Starbuck led the way in introducing Quakerism to the island in 1702. For the next 100 years, the Quaker tenets valuing education and equality, coupled with the fact that many of the men were off on protracted whaling voyages, created the conditions for women to assume leadership roles in virtually all areas of commerce and decision-making on the island. Women were in the forefront in the fight for abolition and equal rights. Consequently, it is no surprise that many of the nation’s leading figures in the struggle for Women’s Suffrage had direct Nantucket roots.


A collection of articles and writings on Nantucket's notable women.More Read more from Articles

Women’s Suffrage

Important women in the suffrage movement. More Read more from Women’s Suffrage


Exhibitions featuring Nantucket women.More Read more from Exhibitions


Recordings of lectures discussing Nantucket's notable women.More Read more from Videos

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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