Amelia Jenks Bloomer

Amelia Jenks Bloomer, 1818–94, American reformer, b. Homer, N.Y. She was editor (1848–54) of the Lily, first published in Seneca Falls, N.Y., and devoted to women's rights and to temperance. In 1851 she recommended and adopted the reformed dress of short skirt and full trousers introduced by Elizabeth Smith Miller. Because she advertised it in the Lily and wore it in her lecture work, it became universally known as the Bloomer costume, or bloomers.

See biography by her husband, D. C. Bloomer (1895); C. N. Gattey, The Bloomer Girls (1968).

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Hear Me Patiently: The Reform Speeches of Amelia Jenks Bloomer
Anne C. Coon.
Greenwood Press, 1994
A Voice of Their Own: The Woman Suffrage Press, 1840-1910
Martha M. Solomon.
University of Alabama Press, 1991
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "The Lily, 1849-1856: From Temperance to Woman's Rights"
Women's Periodicals in the United States: Social and Political Issues
Kathleen L. Endres; Therese L. Lueck.
Greenwood Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: "The Lily" begins on p. 174
Appropriate[Ing] Dress: Women's Rhetorical Style in Nineteenth-Century America
Carol Mattingly.
Southern Illinois University Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: "Amelia Bloomer" begins on p. 40
Historical Encyclopedia of American Women Entrepreneurs: 1776 to the Present
Jeannette M. Oppedisano.
Greenwood Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Amelia Bloomer (1818-1894)" begins on p. 50
Up from the Footnote: A History of Women Journalists
Marion Marzolf.
Hastings House, 1977
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Amelia Bloomer begins on p. 221
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