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No Feminists without a Book Club?

About the same time that Friends in Council was chartered in 1869 Sarah [Atwater Denman] also worked to get a national women’s suffrage convention in Quincy. According to Paul R. Anderson in Platonism in the Midwest, the women’s clubs were considered part of the early feminist movement serving to provide organizational support for women.
—Iris Nelson, Herald-Whig

Women in America have gathered together for support and for intellectual stimulation for a very long time. In that regard, strong evidence shows that the nature of women has not changed since the 17th century. In the first recorded gathering for group discussion of literature and issues of the day, women began, in essence, a book club and what has become known as “feminism”.1 Continue reading No Feminists without a Book Club?