Antoinette Louisa Brown was born in Henrietta, New York back in 1825 to Joseph and Abby. It is noted as early as three she was highly intelligent. She graduated from Monroe County Academy shortly after she began to teach school. After four years she had saved enough money to enroll at Oberlin College in Ohio. She graduated in 1847 with a bachelor’s degree.
After graduation, she wrote for Frederick Douglass’ abolitionist paper The North Star. She also gave speeches at the World’s Temperance Convention. In 1856, she married Samuel. She did domestic responsibilities for the family and began to write for women’s rights movement.
In 1860, at the National Woman’s Rights Convention she engaged in a heated debate about divorce with her colleagues and contemporaries Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Day Stanton.
Oberlin College awarded her an honorary Master’s and Doctoral degree. She died in 1921, she was 96.
What you may not know about Antoinette Brown Blackwell is that she was the first woman to be ordained as a mainstream Protestant minister in the United States.
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