Florence Luscomb was born in Lowell on February 6, 1887 in Lowell. She was among the first women to graduate from M.I.T.
with a degree in architecture, and in 1912 she and a fellow MIT graduate formed a two-woman firm in Waltham, specializing in designing public buildings and housing for workers. Luscomb’s true love was the woman suffrage cause.

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Bust portraying Florence Luscomb at the Massachusetts State house. Image provided by Mass Humanities.

Massachusetts had the nation’s best-organized and well-financed movement against woman suffrage, but the state also had a growing number of suffrage supporters. In 1914 and 1915, they succeeded in getting the Massachusetts legislature to approve a constitutional referendum to enfranchise women. A bust portraying Florence Luscomb at the Massachusetts State House honors the contributions of women to public life in Massachusetts.

Continue reading at Mass Moments: Activist Florence Luscomb Born.

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