Amelia Jenks Bloomer

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Date of Birth: 05/27/1818

Age: 76

Place of birth: Cortland County

Citizenship: United States


Amelia Bloomer (Amelia Jenks Bloomer) was born in 1818 into a poor family; her childhood was held in Cortland County, New York (Cortland County, New York). At the age of 22 years, Amelia married lawyer Dexter Bloomer (Dexter Bloomer), it was he who pushed her to the idea of ??writing articles for the newspaper. Thus, the author`s activities Amelia start in a New York newspaper `Seneca Falls County Courier`.

In 1848, Amelia became a member of the Congress of Women`s Rights in Seneca Falls (Woman`s Rights Convention at Seneca Falls). In 1849, the year she began to publish their views in their own publication - `The Lily`, is published every two weeks. Newspaper, the main appeal to readers of which was a call for abstention, over time has come to encompass a wider range of social issues - from sobriety and abstinence to women`s rights. Publishing popularity unexpectedly began to go up the hill, and soon its circulation exceeded 4 000 copies. In his newspaper Sachs published articles dedicated to women`s fashion. So, Bloomer promoted the New Harmony 1820, and defended the clothes worn by women socialists.

In 1853, Amelia Bloomer, who by that time famous and fiery fighter for voting rights for women, literally shocked the public, gathered to listen to her next question. And shocked she did not actually speech - the fact that the human rights activist appeared before the public in a completely indecent clothes while - in trousers and a skirt to the knees.

Amelia herself, however, knew what to do - in its understanding of the real struggle for women`s rights was not only and not only in the realization of the right to elect the president, but also the right to wear comfortable clothes. So, she stood firm on the fact that every woman has the right to wear the outfit that she likes and is comfortable without asking permission with men. Men with Ameliyanazyvala presumptuous dictators, pick up all the power in the society and at the same time dictating morality.

So, it is in honor of Amelia Bloomer word appeared in English `blumers` (bloomers) - a short and rather wide skirt combined with trousers, stuck at the ankle elastic band or string. At the turn of the century it became a women`s cycling suit.

After the first shock the public immediately responded to unprecedented at the time outfit venomous ridicule. It goes without saying, of new clothes - blumersami - simply mocked, and did so very, very many. There were, however, and those who supported bold Amelia. So, activist Elizabeth Smith Miller (Elizabeth Smith Miller, she`s - Libby Miller), which is, generally speaking, and came up with it, and was a pioneer of the dress, with enthusiasm wore this dress code a few years, strongly contributing to its popularization. By the way, Miller showed Ameliieto apparel; other well-known bold women, who had put the first blumersy were Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton (Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton).

It is known, however, that the reforms implemented in the life of a very slow and difficult, and ultimately this attempt Amelia `perevernut` women`s fashion can be called a failure - even the most active feminists eventually returned to their familiar uniforms.

The very same Bloomer blumersy continued to wear until the end of 1850.

Amelia Bloomer forever remain suffragette and author, throughout his life, it was published in a variety of publications. She became the leader of the suffragette campaign in Nebraska (Nebraska) and Iowa (Iowa); from 1871 to 1873 he was president of the Association for women`s suffrage Iowa (Iowa Woman Suffrage Association).

Amelia Bloomer died December 30, 1894 in Council Bluffs, Iowa (Council Buffs, Iowa).