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Year Honored: 1993
Birth: 1825 - Death: 1921
Born In: New York, United States of America
Died In: New Jersey, United States of America
Achievements: Humanities
Educated In: New York, Ohio
Schools Attended: Monroe County Academy, Oberlin College
Worked In: Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey

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Antoinette Blackwell

As the first woman minister of a recognized denomination (Congregational), Antoinette Brown Blackwell worked throughout her life to validate women's public role by challenging traditional barriers that restricted them. Blackwell encountered traditional restraints on women's intellectual endeavors and social action when she was not permitted to participate in classroom discussions, attend graduation or be awarded a preacher's license when studying theology at Oberlin College in l850 (the institution later awarded her honorary master's and doctoral degrees). Following ordination, she served as a pastor in Wayne County, New York and later as a visiting pastor - serving as role model to other young women seeking a life's work in the ministry. Blackwell married and had seven children. Throughout her life, she engaged in philosophical and scientific studies, publishing eight books and many essays. Blackwell was elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was a leader in the women's rights movement. She was one of the few movement pioneers who lived long enough to cast her ballot in 1920 when the suffrage Amendment was enacted.
Additional Sources:
Antoinette Brown Blackwell, a biography. Old Westbury, New York: The Feminist Press, c1983. NOTES: Includes index. Bibliography: p. [269]-300.

Studies in General Science. New York: G.P. Putnam and Son, 1869.

The Sexes Through Nature. New York: G.P. Putnam and Son, 1875.

The Physical Basis of Immortality New York: G.P. Putnam and Son, 1876.

The Philosophy of Individuality. New York: G.P. Putnam and Son.

The Making of the Universe. Boston, Massachusetts: The Gorham press, 1914.

The Social Side of Mind and Action. New York: The Neale Publishing COmpany, 1915.

The Island Neighbors. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1871. NOTES: This is a novel.

Sea Drift. New York: J.T. White & Co., 1902. NOTES: This is poetry.

Mainly her papers in: Blackwell Family Papers, 1784-1944, and Addition 1832-1942, ca. 100 items/ 2 boxes. Radcliffe College, The Arthur & Elizabeth Schesinger Library on the History of Women in America. Cambridge, Massachusetts.