Episode 10: In 1648, this Trailblazing Feminist Demanded Her Right to Vote

Outside of the home, Colonial America was a man’s world. Women were mostly excluded from power in the church and could not take part in town meetings, which meant they could not vote. But one woman defied the norms. Have you ever heard of Margaret Brent?



A huge thanks to Dr. Henry Miller, historical archaeologist and Director of Research at Historic St. Mary’s in Maryland, Julie Dolan, professor of political science specializing in women and politics at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Lily Read, a Member of the Watertown School Committee in Massachusetts.

Parts of this episode first appeared on Narratively.


Margaret Brent; Exploring Maryland’s Roots: Library; Maryland Public Television; Retrieved February 2018.

Women in Early America: Struggle, Survival and Freedom in a New World; Dorothy A. Mays; ABC-CLIO; November 23, 2004.

Margaret Brent; Maryland History Leaflet No. 1; State of Maryland; Retrieved February 2018.

History; Visit St. Mary’s; St. Mary’s County Division of Tourism; Retrieved March 2018.

5 Margaret Brent honorees helped level the playing field for women lawyers; Terry Carter; American Bar Association; August 7, 2016.

Profiles in Colonial History; Aleck Loker; Solitude Press, July 10, 2009.

Margaret Brent – A Brief History; Lois Green Carr; State of Maryland; February 7, 2002.

Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly January 1637/8-September 1664 Volume 1, Page 215; Maryland State Archives; October 31, 2014.