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AMELIA JENKS BLOOMER (1818-1894)

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Originally appearing in Volume V04, Page 86 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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AMELIA JENKS BLOOMER (1818-1894), American dress-reformer and women's rights advocate, was born at Homer, New York, on the 27th of May 1818. After her marriage in 184o she established a periodical called The Lily, which had some success. In 1849 she took up the idea—previously originated by Mrs Elizabeth Smith Miller--of a reform in woman's dress, and the wearing of a short skirt, with loose trousers, gathered round the ankles. The name of " bloomers " gradually became popularly attached to any divided-skirt or knickerbocker dress for women. Until her death on the 3oth of December 1894 Mrs Bloomer took a prominent part in the temperance campaign and in that for woman's suffrage.
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