Happy Birthday Marmee!

8 Oct

Hello SK friends!


Just a quick note to wish Marmee, aka Abigail May Alcatt, a Happy Birthday.

Marmee was born this day in Boston in 1800. That makes her 214 years old. That is OLD!

Marmee is one of the unsung heroes of both the Alcatt family, civil rights and Women’s Suffrage. She lobbied for women’s rights, especially voting as far back as 1820. She encouraged my three sisters and me to always pursue our interests, even if they crossed the gender line. Marmee was always about equality be it gender, race and socioeconomic. Marmee did not live the 100 years it took for the 19th Amendment to pass, but that never stopped her from lobbying for it.

Here is our tribute to her from 2013.

I think we should all celebrate this fine lady’s birthday with a deliciuos (and big!) slice of red velvet cake. My Pub and i are great fans of the recipe at Concord’s Main Street Cafe and Market. That’s where you’ll find us singing Marmee’s praises, xo LMA

red velvet cake


3 Responses to “Happy Birthday Marmee!”

  1. Carol Jamison October 8, 2014 at 10:56 am #

    Always, always learn something from your posts, Ms. Alcatt! I knew Marmee was a woman to be admired, but did not know about her work for women’s rights!

    • Louisa May Alcatt October 8, 2014 at 11:13 am #

      Yes, Marmee was a staunch supporter of women’s rights, especially voting. She did not think it was fair that women, who worked as hard as men, has no say in the governments that ruled them. She was an incredible woman, xo LMA

  2. LB October 12, 2014 at 8:26 pm #

    Ah Marmee! What an example! Of course it makes sense that she would have been such an example to 4 daughters, but I did not know it for sure. What a woman!

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