Native Americans and American Indians

How the Iroquois and Other Indian Nations Helped to Shape the Vision of Women as Equals

Iroquois women of the Six Nations Confederacy and the matrilineal culture of the Haudenosaunee exerted a profound influence on early feminists Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Matilda Joslyn Gage and Lucretia Mott — and helped to shape their vision of women as equals.

Millions of Voters Have the Iroquois to Thank

"Regardless of how we cast our ballots, every one of us owes thanks for that right not only to early suffragists like Gage, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, but to the Iroquois women who inspired them." — The Washington Post READ MORE +

Iroquois Women Inspire 19th Century Feminists

"The inspiration to imagine the possibility of a more equal society came from the women of the six Iroquois nations — Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk and Tuscarora — the Haudenosaunee, as they called themselves." — Sally Roesch Wagner READ MORE +

Woman, Church and State

“The line of descent, feminine, was especially notable in all tribal relations such as the election of Chiefs, and the Council of Matrons, to which all disputed questions were referred for final adjudication." — Matilda Joslyn Gage READ MORE +

The Great Law of Peace

For centuries, the Great Law of Peace was transmitted orally from generation to generation until written down, in English, in the late 19th century. A provocative line of thought argues that its democratic principles influenced the writing of the U.S. constitution. READ MORE +

America's Great Indian Nations

This educative documentary retraces the struggle of the Iroquois, Seminole, Shawnee, Navajo, Cheyenne, and Lakota Sioux nations to protect their lands, cultures and freedoms, through dramatic reënactments filmed on location at native tribal lands across the U.S. READ MORE +

Life Among the Piutes, their wrongs and claims

In this remarkable autobiographical account, Sarah Winnemucca, a Paiute princess, peacemaker and interpreter, documents the life of the Northern Paiute Indians and the impact of white settlement on their way of life in 19th century America. READ MORE +


Sisters in Spirit

In Sisters in Spirit, distinguished historian and contemporary feminist scholar Sally Roesch Wagner has compiled extensive research to analyze the source of the revolutionary vision of the early feminists.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Matilda Joslyn Gage, and Lucretia Mott had formed friendships with their Native neighbors that enabled them to understand a world view far different, and in many ways superior, to the patriarchal one that existed at that time.   READ MORE +

Winning The Vote: The Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage Movement

Learn how women have long been active participants in U.S. history, and how many became politically powerful before winning the vote. READ MORE +