LOUISA MAY ALCOTT

LOUISA MAY ALCOTT

Born November 29, 1832

Germantown, Pennsylvania

Died March 6, 1888

Boston Massachusetts

Greeting card illustration by Amanda Lenz.

  • Author best known for Little Women, a semi-autobiographical novel about four sisters living in Concord, Massachusetts
  • Little Women challenged social contemporary social norms and gave girl the opportunity to imagine new possibilities
  • Advocate for women's and civil rights, and the first woman to register to vote in Concord 
  • Worked to support her family from an early age; writing provided a relief from financial difficulties and a creative outlet

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women, was the first woman to register to vote in Concord, Massachusetts? When the Massachusetts legislature gave women the right to vote in school committee elections in 1879, she immediately registered and went door to door encouraging other women to do that same. Alcott died in 1888, 32 years before the 19th amendment to the U. S. Consti- tution finally granted American women the right to vote.