Amelia Jenks Bloomer
Women's Rights and Temperence Advocate
"Man represents us, legislates for us, and now holds himself accountable for us! How kind in him, and what a weight is lifted from us! We shall no longer be answerable to the laws of God or man, no longer be subect to punishment for breaking them,,"
Facts about Amelia Bloomer
- Although she did not create the women's clothing reform style known as bloomers, her name became associated with it because of her early and strong advocacy.
- Attended a local public school, in Homer, New York, receiving a limited education.
- Became a teacher for a short period of time, and then became a live-in tutor.
- In 1840, she married Dexter Bloomer and moved to Seneca Falls.
- There she became an active church member, and community activities.
- Became very involved in the temperance movement.
- With her husband's encouragement, she started to write about social issues for his newspaper.
- In 1853, Amelia Bloomer moves to Ohio with her husband.
- Two years later, they moves to Council Bluffs, Iowa.
- Although she stopped publishing The Lily, in 1855, she continued to write on social and political topics.
- She is credited for helping give women the right to vote in Ohio in 1873.
- Amelia Bloomer died on December 30, 1894.