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A free black woman, born in New Jersey, Lee fought for and won the right to preach during the Second Great Awakening. She became the first African American woman preacher in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Jarena Lee,1849. Religious Experience and Journal of Mrs. Jarena Lee: giving an account of her call to preach the gospel, frontispiece. Engraving. New-York Historical Society Library, CT.L4784 A3 1849.
Nancy Ward (Nanyehi)
A highly influential Cherokee leader, Ward was often present when the Cherokees negotiated with the U.S. government. As an elderly woman, she called on male tribal leaders to resist the Indian removal program.
Mary and Emily Edmonson, ca. 1850-1860. Photomechanical print. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington D.C., 91789694.
Lydia Maria Child
A white writer of popular domestic advice books, she became radicalized over slavery and joined forces with leading abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison. Her political writing cost her many readers, but she continued to write both domestic books and antislavery texts.
Lydia Maria Child, 1883. Letters of Lydia Maria Child, frontspiece. Engraving. New-York Historical Society Library, PS1293.Z8 1888.
Amelia Jenks Bloomer
A white resident of Seneca Falls, Bloomer attended part of the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention and worked for temperance reform. She supported, but did not originate, the short-dress-over-pantaloons outfit that came to be known as bloomers.