May 23, 1810

Writer Margaret Fuller Born

Greater Boston

On this day in 1810, Margaret Fuller was born in Cambridge. Teacher, author, critic, philosopher, journalist, she is remembered today as a woman with a formidable intellect and a willingness to take risks. One of the nation's first and most articulate feminists, she wrote Woman in the Nineteenth Century, published in 1845. This pathbreaking book argued that "every arbitrary barrier [should be] thrown down . . . every path laid open to Woman as freely as to Man." In 1848 Margaret Fuller traveled in Europe as a foreign correspondent for the New York Tribune and became involved in the fight for a Roman republic. She sailed for home in 1850 with her Italian husband and their young son. All perished in a shipwreck off Long Island.

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