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The Original "Bloomer Girls"




The Original "Bloomer Girls"





(Courtesy of Peterboro, New York Area Museum)

Amelia Jenks Bloomer, lecturer as well as editor and publisher of The Lily




(Left photograph courtesy of the Historical Society of Middletown and the Wallkill Precinct Incorporated, Middletown, New York; Right photograph courtesy of Deborah Fontana Cooney)

Dr. Lydia Sayer Hasbrouck, hydropathist, lecturer, and editor of The Sibyl: A Review of the Tastes, Errors and Fashions of Society, the official newsletter of the National Dress Reform Association (NDRA)




(Courtesy of Illustrated News, 28 May 1853)

Lucy Stone, women's rights activist, lecturer, and contributer to The Lily and The Sibyl




(Courtesy of Catherine Smith, co-author of Women in Pants, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers)

Unidentified woman, c. 1851




(Courtesy of Daguerreian History: A Search For America web site)

Unidentified woman, c. 1850-1855




(Courtesy of the Gernsheim Collection)

Princess Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, c. 1858




(Courtesy of Our Army Nurses web site)

Unidentified Civil War nurse, c. 1861-1865




(Courtesy of Deborah Fontana Cooney)

Mrs. Phillips, resident of Our Home on the Hill health center in Dansville, New York; c. 1864




(Courtesy of Deborah Fontana Cooney)

Lucy J. Russell (1830-1892), resident of Our Home on the Hill health center in Dansville, New York; c. 1864




(Courtesy of Catherine Smith, co-author of Women in Pants, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers)

Lizzie Stamp, c. 1864




(Courtesy of Catherine Smith, co-author of Women in Pants, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers)

Katy Johnson, c. 1864-65




(Courtesy of the Gernsheim Collection)

Dr. Mary Walker, medical doctor, c. 1865




(Courtesy of Seward Osborne)

Unidentified woman, c. 1860-1870




(Courtesy of Deborah Fontana Cooney)

Dr. Harriet Austin, physician and co-director of Our Home on the Hill health center in Dansville, New York; c. 1865-1867




(Courtesy of Deborah Fontana Cooney)

Mary E. Tillotson, charter member of the National Dress Reform Association; c. 1866-1870




(Courtesy of the Oakland Museum, California)

Marietta Stow, political figure under the Reform and Equal Rights parties, ran for governor of California in 1882; photograph c. 1884




(Courtesy of the Webmaster's collection)

Unidentified woman, c. 1885-90



More Original "Bloomer Girls" not Pictured:


Susan B. Anthony - Leader of the women's rights movement
Celia Burleigh - Suffragist and first female to enter the Unitarian ministry
Paulina Wright Davis - Suffragist and published the Una, a newspaper dedicated to women's suffrage
Amanda Colburn Farnham - Civil War nurse
Sarah and Angelina Grimke - Suffragists and abolitionists
Helen Jarvis - Suffragist
Lydia Jenkins - Suffragist, Universalist minister, and homeopathic physician
Fanny Kemble - Actress, abolitionist, and suffragist
Elizabeth Smith Miller - Suffragist and originator of the "Bloomer Costume"
Elizabeth Cady Stanton - Leader of the women's rights movement and led the National Woman Suffrage Association
Ellen Gould White - Organized the Seventh-day Adventist Church
Charlotte Beebe Wilbour - Suffragist
Amelia Willard - Suffragist
Eliza Wilson - Vivandiere attached to the 5th Wisconsin during the Civil War






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