Antoinette Louisa (Brown) Blackwell

Blackwell, Antoinette Louisa (Brown), 1825–1921, American Unitarian minister, b. Henrietta, N.Y., grad. Oberlin College, 1847, and Oberlin Theological Seminary, 1850. One of the first women to receive a college education in the United States, she was ordained a Congregational minister in 1853, thus becoming the first ordained woman minister in the country. She later became a Unitarian. She was an active feminist, an abolitionist, and a temperance advocate. She was the sister-in-law of Henry B. Blackwell and Elizabeth Blackwell. Her books include The Sexes throughout Nature (1875) and The Making of the Universe (1914).

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