Blackwell, Antoinette Louisa (Brown)

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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