Feminist History Course

Madame Restell: From Butcher’s Maid to Butcher of Women

JEN HAWKINS Anne Trow Lohman, aka Madame Restell (1812-1878),  was a notorious abortion provider who practiced  without formal medical training in 19th-century  New York City; the term “Restellism” became  synonymous with abortion by the late 1830s.  Born in Painswick, England, Lohman worked  as a butcher’s maid starting at age 15. Shortly  after she immigrated to …

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Reaching the Voter: When Picketing Doesn’t Cut It

By 1912, the women’s suffrage movement had long been underway. Sixty-four years had passed since the first women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls, New York. While women’s suffrage conventions were held routinely during those six decades, suffragists had yet to persuade the general public to take up their cause. Between 1912 and 1919, however, suffragists employed new tactics to reach voters, including suffrage …

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