Judith Sargent Murray (Mrs. John Stevens)

John Singleton Copley, Artist
Oil on Canvas

One of Judith Sargent Murray’s first essays promoting women’s rights, “On the Equality of the Sexes” (1790), predates even the most groundbreaking feminist treatise, Mary Wollstonecraft’s AVindication of the Rights of Woman (1792). Murray published other egalitarian tracts, such as The Gleaner in 1798.

Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Art Acquisition Endowment Fund, 2000.6