I don’t know about y’all, but I am LURVING HDT!
I am learning so much about women in history! So let’s get to today’s leading lady!
Amelia Jenks was born in 1818 in the town of Homer, NY. Amelia did not come from a wealthy family, but was still able to receive a few years of schooling and eventually become a teacher. When she was 22, she married Dexter Bloomer, an attorney and newspaper owner. His wife was an avid reader and writer and he encouraged her to write for his paper, the Seneca Falls County Courier.
She wrote for the paper for years until she was asked to edit the first newspaper for women—The Lily—after attending the Seneca Falls Convention. Amelia edited and wrote for reform in the small newspaper. At first, the paper only had a few hundred subscribers. But soon, the paper was read by over 4,000 women!
Amelia encountered many obstacles, but was determined to be a voice for women and women’s rights. She continued on with her paper, and became instrumental in the promotion for changes in standards of dress for women.
After her friend, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, came to her wearing a pair of loose trousers gathered at the ankles, Amelia was excited. She instantly had a pair made for herself and promoted it with gusto in her publication. (The pants were then nicknamed “The Bloomer Costume” or “Bloomers”.)
Amelia worked tirelessly the rest of her life to promote women’s rights, women’s equality, and suffrage. Sadly, Amelia died 34 years before the 19th Amendment was ratified and never got to see women vote. But, Amelia Bloomer paved the way for future suffragettes and was hailed as a hero by those who came after her.
(Also, check out this awesome children’s book all about Amelia! I think I may get one for Huff the Babe!)