Document 12G: Alma Lutz to Pauli Murray, 23 February 1966, Pauli Murray Papers: Series II, 1935-1984, Box 97, Folder 1730, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.

Photograph taken at the Harvard Law School Forum session titled "Women: Dare We Not Discriminate?"
Front: Alma Lutz and Betty Friedan
Rear: Prof. Albert M. Sacks, moderator of the Harvard Law School Forum; Pauli Murray, and Mary O.
Bunting, president of Radcliffe College
Harvard Law School Forum Website,


Lutz wrote this letter five days after she attended the Harvard Law School Forum entitled "Women: Dare We Not Discriminate?" where Murray and Betty Friedan were the featured speakers. Ever the historian, Lutz wrote to share her knowledge about the 1848 Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls. Although Lutz was not persuaded that Murray's Fourteenth Amendment strategy was an adequate substitute for an Equal Rights Amendment, the affection and respect between the two women clearly was growing.


February 23, 1966

Dear Dr. Murray:

I too enjoyed our evening at the Harvard Law School Forum and the opportunity to have a good talk with you. I hope you will be coming this way again.

You will find the story of the First Woman's Rights Convention in my book, CREATED EQUAL, A BIOGRAPHY OF ELIZABETH CADY STANTON, and in Volume I of the HISTORY OF WOMAN SUFFRAGE. I am sorry my CREATED EQUAL is out of print, but you should be able to find it in the public library.

James Mott presided at the Convention, not Frederick Douglass, nor Henry Stanton. Henry Stanton did not attend the Convention.

When Mrs. Stanton found that not even Lucretia Mott approved of her offering a resolution for woman suffrage, she discussed it with Frederick Douglass, asking him what Negroes needed more than anything else. He replied, "the ballot." She then was reassured that women too needed the ballot to raise their status. She asked him to speak for her woman suffrage resolution and he did.

Mrs. Stanton was a wonderful woman, and I think even greater than Susan B. Anthony. More young people should know about her and I am hoping that my biography of her will come out as a paperback. The John Day Company published the book when Pearl Buck and her husband were active in the firm, in 1940.

I disagree with your statement on page 36 that women are now full-fledged emancipated citizens. They won't be until the 14th Amendment is implemented by the Equal Rights for Women Amendment. On this we may have to continue to disagree, but in any case I wish you well with your Court cases.

I am looking forward to seeing you again.

Cordially yours,

Alma Lutz

I am sending you a copy of my Susan B. Anthony thinking it will be of interest to you.


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