Bloomer, Amelia

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Bloomer, Amelia (b. Jenks)

(1818–94) reformer; born in Homer, N.Y. 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 defense 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.

Bloomer, Amelia

(1818–1894) dress reformer; designed bloomers. [Am. Hist.: Flexner, 391]
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1818: Women's rights campaigner Amelia Jenks Bloomer was born in New York.
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Bloomers were invented by Amelia Jenks Bloomer, who thought ladies underpants should reach the ankles to preserve modesty.
It is fascinating to read what Amelia Jenks Bloomer did besides being an advocate for comfortable clothes for women, and amusing to learn about the adventures of Deborah Dunch Moody, thorn in the side of colonial men.