Anna Howard Shaw’s birthday
Originally shared by Self-Rescuing Princess Society
Anna Howard Shaw (February 14, 1847 – July 2, 1919)
Anna Howard Shaw was a leader of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States. She was also a physician and one of the first ordained female Methodist ministers in the United States.
After Albion College, Shaw attended Boston University School of Theology in 1876. She was the only woman in her class of forty-two men, and she always felt „the abysmal conviction that [she] was not really wanted there.” This attitude was furthered by her difficulty supporting herself financially. Already running on a tight income, Shaw found it unfair that the „male licensed preachers were given free accommodations in the dormitory and their board cost each of them $1.25 while it cost her $2 to pay rent of a room outside.” Additionally, she had trouble finding employment. Unlike in Albion where she was “practically the only licensed preacher available”, at Boston University there were many preachers that she had to compete with. As she lost money to pay the rent, she struggled to feed herself and felt “cold, hunger, and lonel[y].” Now Shaw started to question whether the ministerial profession was meant for her. In the face of these hardships, Shaw continued on. In 1880,after she and Annie Oliver were refused ordination by the Methodist Episcopal Church, she achieved ordination in the Methodist Protestant Church.
After her ordination, Shaw received an M.D. from Boston University in 1886. During her time in medical school, Shaw became an outspoken advocate of political rights for women.