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Amelia Bloomer

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Reformer, born in Homer, New York, USA. She wrote on current affairs for her husband's newspaper before founding and editing Lily (1849–55), a temperance journal that, under the influence of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, also championed women's rights. In Lily her public defence of women's adopting a daring outfit of full trousers under a short skirt became a national cause célèbre, and the costume was nicknamed ‘bloomers’. After she moved to Iowa (1855), her local activism was partly responsible for that state's 1873 equal rights legislation.

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