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Olympia Brown (January 5, 1835October 23, 1926) was a famous Women's suffragist. January 5 is the 5th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... | Come and take it, slogan of the Texas Revolution 1835 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... October 23 is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The term womens suffrage refers to an economic and political reform movement aimed at extending suffrage — the right to vote — to women. ...

She was born in Prairie Ronde, Michigan. She attended Mount Holyoke College (then called Mount Holyoke Female Seminary) from 1854-55 but found it to orthodox for her already progressive viewpoints. She then transferred to, and graduated from, Antioch College in 1860. In the late 1850's co-educational Antioch offered the same curriculum to men as women and Rebecca Pennell the first faculty member to receive equal pay to a man in the United States taught at Antioch. Still young activist Olympia Brown confronted sexism at Antioch. While men were expected to recite speeches from memory female students where told to read them from manuscripts. Brown made a point to read her speeches from memory and encouraged other female students to do likewise [1]. She was the first woman to graduate at a regularly established theological school (St. Lawrence University) in 1863. In that same year she also became the first woman to achieve full ministerial standing recognized by a denomination, as an ordained Universalist minister. In comparison, Antoinette Brown was ordained as a minister by a Congregationalist Church in 1853, but this was not recognized by her denomination[2]. Brown served as minister to congregations in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Wisconsin. In 1873 she married John Henry Willis. Prairie Ronde Township is a township in Kalamazoo County in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Official language(s) None (English, de-facto) Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Area  Ranked 11th  - Total 97,990 sq mi (253,793 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 491 miles (790 km)  - % water 41. ... Mount Holyoke College is a liberal arts womens college in South Hadley, Massachusetts. ... Antioch College is a private, independent liberal arts college in Yellow Springs, Ohio, one of six campuses of the Antioch University system. ... St. ... Year 1863 (MDCCCLXIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... In comparative religion, a universalist religion is one that holds itself true for all people; it thus allows all to join, regardless of ethnicity. ... Antoinette Brown, later Antoinette Brown Blackwell (May 20, 1825 - November 5, 1921), was the first female to be ordained as a minister in the United States, when she was called to be the pastor of the Congregational church in South Butler, New York in 1853. ... 1873 (MDCCCLXXIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ...

Olympia Brown was a member of the Woman's Party and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. She was also the co-founder of the New England Woman Suffrage Association and the president of the Federal Suffrage Association

In 1999 she was inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame. Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... The history of the Michigan Womens Hall of Fame is available online at michiganwomenshalloffame. ...

In 1878, the Rev. Olympia Brown came to Racine, Wis., and served as the minister of The Universalist Society of Racine until 1887, when she began traveling throughout Wisconsin and other states in the Midwest to promote women's sufferage. Under Olympia Brown's ministry, the church became a forum for the discussion of all social issues and the women members began to vote and hold offices in the church. She invited Julia Ward Howe, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony to air their views from the pulpit of this small church.

Soon after Rev. Brown's tenure, the congregation built a new building, which was dedicated in 1895 as the Church of the Good Shepherd. The building was enlarged a year later and still stands today at the corner of College Avenue and Seventh Street in downtown Racine. It now bears the name of the Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church to the honor the Rev. Brown's ministry and life. An elementary school in Racine is also named after Rev. Brown.

See also

First-wave feminism refers to a period of feminist activity during the nineteenth century and early twentieth century in the United Kingdom and the United States. ... In general religious use, ordination is the process by which one is consecrated (set apart for the undivided administration of various religious rites). ... Antioch College is a private, independent liberal arts college in Yellow Springs, Ohio, one of six campuses of the Antioch University system. ...

External links

  • Biography
  • Dictionary of Unitarian and Universalist Biography: Olympia Brown
  • Antioch Alumni page


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Olympia Brown (2094 words)
Olympia was determined to go to college and persuaded her father to allow her and a younger sister to enter Mary Lyons's Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in Massachusetts.
Brown took such obstacles as challenges to be surmounted and kept her eyes firmly on her goal.
Olympia Brown's papers and documents relating to her work are held at the Schlesinger Library, the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts; the State Historical Society of Wisconsin; and in the papers of the National Woman's Party at the Library of Congress.
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