Behind the scenes at Orlando Shakespeare Theater

Who is Margaret Fuller? Bicentennial Celebration

Margaret Fuller (1810-1850)

Author, editor, journalist, literary critic, educator, Transcendentalist, and women’s rights advocate….

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The following text is from a traveling display about the life of Margaret Fuller. The author and designer of the display is Bonnie Hurd Smith, graphic designer, public historian, and author/publisher of books on Judith Sargeant Murray and other historical subjects. Want to learn more about Margaret Fuller? Visit

Today many consider Margaret Fuller one of the guiding lights of the first-wave of feminism. She helped educate the women of her day by leading a series of conversations in which women were empowered to read, think and discuss important issues of the day.

Among her accomplishments:

  • First American to write a book about equality for women
  • First editor of The Dial, foremost Transcendentalist journal, appointed by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • First woman to enter Harvard Library to pursue research
  • First woman journalist on Horace Greeley’s New York Daily Tribune
  • First woman literary critic who also set literary standards
  • First woman foreign correspondent and war correspondent to serve under combat conditions

Charm opens tonight at Orlando Shakes!

Don’t miss Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau get knocked off their pedestals by Fuller’s free and endearing spirit. Magical, surreal, and transcendentally hilarious! To learn more about the cast, view photos, or preview trailers, please click here.

Quote From Margaret Fuller’s Woman in the Nineteenth Century:

“If you ask me what office women may fill; I will reply–any. I do not care what case you put; let them be sea-captains if you will … We would have every arbitrary barrier thrown down. We would have every path laid open to woman as freely as to man … Can we wonder that many reformers think that measures are not likely to be taken in behalf of women, unless their wishes could be publicly represented by women?”


One response

  1. arely rodriguez

    what page of women in the nineteenth century is this quote found on?

    November 20, 2017 at 5:55 am

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