Paulina Wright Davis

Paulina Wright Davis
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Paulina Wright Davis

1813-1876

  • American lecturer and suffragist
  • Born Paulina Kellogg in Bloomfield, NY
  • In 1833 she married merchant Francis Wright (d. 1835)
  • In 1849 she married Thomas Davis (who later became a congressman for Rhode Island)
  • Davis was active in the early antislavery and women's rights movements
  • In 1844 she lectured to women on anatomy and physiology
  • Davis helped to open the medical profession to women
  • In 1853 she founded Una, the first women's rights paper in the U.S.
  • In 1871 she published A History of the National Women's Rights Movement

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