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.
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(1818–1894) dress reformer; designed bloomers. [Am. Hist.: Flexner, 391]
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