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Abbott, Edith (1876–1957)

Caren Irr.

in The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States

January 1995; p ublished online January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (Women's Writing). 475 words.

(1876–1957), American feminist, economist, and educator, grew up in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Her college-educated mother, Elizabeth Griffin, was

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Abolition

Adele S. Newson.

in The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States

January 1995; p ublished online January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (Women's Writing). 1230 words.

the crusade for the emancipation of slaves, was a process begun with the sentiments contained in the Bill of Rights

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Abortion

Kathy Rudy.

in The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States

January 1995; p ublished online January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (Women's Writing). 1277 words.

In 1962, Shery Finkbine, a middle-class mother of four, became pregnant while using the tranquilizer thalidomide, a drug that

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Acadian Writing

Edited by Cathy Davidson and Linda Wagner-Martin.

in The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States

January 1995; p ublished online January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (Women's Writing). 7 words.

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Acker, Kathy (1948–1997)

Susan J. Zevenbergen.

in The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States

January 1995; p ublished online January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (Women's Writing). 490 words.

(1948–1997), novelist, grew up in Manhattan and attended college mainly at Brandeis and the University of California, San

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Activism

Charlotte Nekola.

in The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States

January 1995; p ublished online January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (Women's Writing). 959 words.

in the literature of American women writers can be discussed on many levels. A literary text can accomplish the work

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Adams, Abigail (1744–1818)

Amy M. Thomas.

in The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States

January 1995; p ublished online January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (Women's Writing). 428 words.

(1744–1818), letter writer and advocate for women's rights, was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts, to William Smith, a Congregationalist

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Adams, Alice (1926–1999)

Suzanne W. Jones.

in The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States

January 1995; p ublished online January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (Women's Writing). 553 words.

(1926–1999), novelist and short story writer.

The author of eight novels, four collections of stories, and one travel

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Adams, Hannah (1755–1832)

Michael W. Vella.

in The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States

January 1995; p ublished online January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (Women's Writing). 551 words.

(1755–1832), researcher, historian, and writer.

Hannah Adams was born in Medfield, Massachusetts, on 2 October 1755, the

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Addams, Jane (1860–1935)

Cathy N. Davidson.

in The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States

January 1995; p ublished online January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (Women's Writing). 430 words.

(1860–1935), social worker, peace advocate.

One of the most important social reformers of the late nineteenth and early

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