Who was Amelia Jenks Bloomer? (May 27, 1818 – December 30, 1894)


Amelia Jenks Bloomer (May 27, 1818 – December 30, 1894), American reformer, born in Homer, New York. Virtually self-educated, Bloomer founded (1849) The Lily, a semi-monthly periodical “devoted to the interests of women,” published in Seneca Falls, New York.

For six years she remained its editor and publisher, campaigning against sexual discrimination and advocating temperance and women’s suffrage. Famous for her stand in favor of dress reform, she appeared at her lectures during the early 1850 wearing full trousers, gathered at the ankle, under a short skirt. These garments, although first worn by Elizabeth Smith Miller, were later called bloomers.

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