Amelia <I>Jenks</I> Bloomer

Amelia Jenks Bloomer

Homer, Cortland County, New York, USA
Death 30 Dec 1894 (aged 76)
Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA
Burial Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 2529 · View Source
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Social Reformer. Born in New York and raised in a Presbyterian home, Bloomer received minimal formal education. At the age of 22, she married Quaker lawyer Dexter Bloomer, who was co-owner of the Seneca Falls County Courier. He encouraged Amelia to become active in social issues and to write articles in the paper. She attended, but had no part in the Women's Rights Convention of 1848 where she met Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Within a year, she began publishing her own newspaper, The Lily, in which she promoted abolition, temperance, women's suffrage, higher education for women, and marriage law reform. The paper was a huge success, but Bloomer's notoriety came not from her articles, but from a style of clothing advertised by the paper and adopted by Bloomer for her personal attire. At this point in history, conventional womens wear consisted of deforming corsets, layers of petticoats, and heavy outerwear which often led to severe health problems. The new outfits, which quickly were called "Bloomers" were made of a loose bodice and a knee length dress worn over full pantaloons. It covered all but the wearer's head, hands and feet, yet was considered scandolous and ridiculed. The fashion caught on quickly, but due to the severe outrage and negative attention the clothing attracted, Amelia and other notable suffragists abandoned wearing them in the hopes of refocusing the public on other social issues. Amelia quit publishing The Lily in 1855. She served as president of the Iowa Woman Suffrage Association from 1871 to 1873, and remained active in women's rights issues throughout her life.

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