American women resisters to authority

A Project by Sharon Presley
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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"



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



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



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


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


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




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


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


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


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