“Although the doctrine of innate equality of the race has been proclaimed, yet so far as woman is concerned it has been a standing falsehood.”

Amelia Jenks Bloomer 1818-1894
Amelia was a pioneering voice for the equality, rights and advancement of women. A former school teacher, she was the first female owner and operator of a news publication. Her publication, The Lily, promoted the liberation, equality and education of women, and encouraged women readers to form and express their own viewpoints. The Lily featured articles from prominent suffragettes such as, Elizabeth Candy Stanton and Susan B Anthony. She also advocated less restrictive attire for women saying, “The costume of women should be suited to her wants and necessities. It should conduce at once to her health, comfort, and usefulness…” The garment known as ‘bloomers,’ a pant gathered at the ankles, was named in her honor. In addition to being a persuasive advocate for women’s rights she also helped the impoverished by organizing charitable aid.