Florida Ruffin Ridley was the daughter of one of the first Black judges in Massachusetts, George Ruffin, and Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin, a suffragist, journalist, and prominent civil rights activist in Boston and nationally. Along with Maria Baldwin, Ridley was one of the first Black women teachers in the greater Boston area. Working with her mother, they established the Woman’s Era Club, which focused on social activism and uplifting the Black community. Ridley and her mother, Josephine Ruffin, published and edited the first publication produced by and for Black women, The Women’s Era. These two women also organized the 1895 First National Conference of Colored Women of America. Ridley fought for Black women and the Black Community, participated in anti-lynching efforts and was a suffragist. Her work is truly appreciated, and just last year an elementary school in Brookline was renamed the Florida Ruffin Ridley school in her honor.
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HBD Florida Ruffin Ridley! She helped create the Woman’s Era Club with her mother, published & edited 1st publication made for & by Black women, & dedicated her life to uplifting and fighting to improve the Black community! School named after her in Brookline, MA. #womenshistory pic.twitter.com/KIQ6sJ1xVZ
— Suffrage100MA (@Suffrage100MA) January 30, 2022