"The Statue of Liberty is a woman, but did you know that when the statue first came to America in 1886, women could not even vote? In fact, the men in charge of the dedication of the statue on the island in New York Harbor declared that women could note even set foot there during the ceremony. That didn't stop New York suffragists Matilda Joslyn Gage, Lillie Devereux Blake, and Katherine ("Katie") Devereux Blake. They wanted women to have liberty and were determined to give the new statue a voice. But, first, they had to find a boat. The Statue of Liberty stands on an island, after all. Matilda, Lillie, and Katie organize hundreds of people and sail a cattle barge to the front of the day's demonstration-making front-page news and raising their voices for LIBERTY"-- Provided by publisher.