American women resisters to authority

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17th and 18th CENTURY

Anne Hutchinson (1591-1643)
Religious Dissenter





Mercy Otis Warren (1728-1814)

Historian, Author of History of the Rise,
Progress and Termination of the American Revolution





Abigail Adams (1744-1818)
Feminist writer, Full partner of husband John Adams
"Remember the Ladies"







19th CENTURY

ABOLITIONIST FEMINISTS

Sarah Grimke (1792-1873) and Angela Grimke (1805-1875)

Writers and Activists.
Angela first woman to speak before legislative body 1838
Sarah "Letter on the Equality of the Sexes & Conditions of Women"



        



Harriet Tubman (1820-1913)
Underground Railway





Sojourner Truth (1797-1883)

Speaker and activist

   




FREETHOUGHT FEMINISTS


Frances Wright (1795-1852)
First American woman to publicly advocate women's rights
First to question utility of religion






Ernestine Rose ((1810-1892)

First canvasser for women's rights
Wrote "In Defense of Atheism" 1861





Lucy N. Colman (1818-1906)
Contributer to Truth Seeker






Margaret Fuller (1810-1850)
Speaker, Editor of The Dial
First book on American feminism, Women in the 19th Century

  




WOMEN'S RIGHTS/ SUFFRAGE

Lucy Stone (1818-1893)
Abolitionist, Kept her own name when married





Lucretia Mott (1793-1880)
Quaker abolitionist, feminist, suffragist





Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906)
Suffragist, feminist, agnostic, National Woman Suffrage Assn.





Elizabeth Cady Stanton  (1815-1902)
Abolitionist, suffragist, women's right,
National Woman Suffrage Assn.
The Woman's Bible condemning religious opprssion of women

       




Matilda Joslyn Gage (1826-1898)
Suffragist, Freethinker,
Women, Church & the State,
a condemnation of religion's role in oppressing women








FREE LOVE

Victoria Woodhull (1838-1927)
and Tennessee Claflin (1845-1923)
Woodhull & Claflin's Weekly
Victoria first woman to run for US President

      
Victoria                                     Tennesse


Angela Heywood

Anarchist feminist, co-editor The Word
helped write Cupid's Yoke and Uncivil Liberty


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Lillian Harman (1860?-?)
Anarchist feminist, writer for Lucifer
Jailed for non-state non-church wedding
Did not change her name,
Co-editor Fair Play






ANARCHISM

Voltairine de Cleyre (1866-1912)
Feminist, Freethinker, Writer and Speaker
Selected Works of Voltairine de Cleyre 1914
Most prominent woman individualist anarchist


       

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Florence Finch Kelly (1858-1939)

Journalist for Boston Globe and Writer for Liberty



Dr. Gertrude Kelly
Surgeon,Contributer to Liberty


 



Sarah Holmes
Anarchist feminist, Printer, Contributer to Liberty
Published "Three Dreams in a Desert" by Olive Schreiner






Lois Waisbrooker (1826-1909)
Contributer to and sometime Editor of Lucifer, Novelist



Emma Goldman (1866-1940)
Feminist, Atheist, Writer and Speaker
Most prominent communist anarchist
Editor of Mother Earth. Birth control

           






Lucy Parsons (1853-1942)
Speaker, Writer, Labor organizer
Anarchist and socialist activities


      



People of Color Rights

Ida Wells (1862-1931)
Campaign against lynching, Orator





Sarah Winnemucca (1844-1891)
Peace and Native American Rights Activist
Life Among the Piutes

  
 


EARLY 20TH CENTURY
VERY BRIEFLY


SOCIALIST FEMINISM

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)
Celebrated Feminist,Influential book Women and Economics
Feminist utopian novel Herland

        



Mother Jones (1830-1930)
Labor organizer 





Elizabeth Gurley Flynn (1890-1964)
Labor organizer for IWW





REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS

Margaret Sanger (1879-1966)
Modern contraceptives, Planned Parenthood, Woman Rebel

     




Only a Few of the Many Others

Alice Paul (1885-1977)
National Women's Party, 19th Amendment, ERA






Mollie Steimer (1897-1980)

Communist anarchist activist





Suzanne La Follette (1893-1982)

First libertarian feminist book, Concerning Women
Editor The New Freeman


Dorothy Day (1897-1980)
Catholic anarchist pacifist, founder Catholic Worker movement

     



Vashti Cromwell McCollum (1912-)
Won suit against release-time for religious education in public schools

   



Three Women Who Launched  a Movement: Modern Libertarianism

Isabel Paterson (1886-1981)
God of the Machine (1943)

isabel paterson  



Rose Wilder Lane (1886-1968)
Discovery of Freedom
(1943)

  



Ayn Rand (1905-1982)
The Fountainhead  (1943)

     

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