As she cared for soldiers wounded in the Civil War, Phoebe Couzins became convinced that women could do as much to avert war as they did to heal the wounds it caused. But, she felt, women had to have political power; they had to be legal equals of men. In her long struggle to give women equal rights, Phoebe Couzins achieved a number of notable firsts, although her career took a strange turn later in her life.

AOWM – December 5