"I have long been fascinated by Margaret Fuller, author, journalist, critic, and feminist, who was born in Massachusetts in 1810. Rumor has it she was the inspiration for Hester Prynne; she knew Nathaniel Hawthorne and his wife, Sophia, and did, in fact, have a child out of wedlock. Her book, Woman in the Nineteenth Century, is considered a seminal feminist treatise; Susan B. Anthony said Fuller was an inspiration. She supported prison reform and the emancipation of slaves, and was associated with the American transcendentalism movement. In 1840, Ralph Waldo Emerson asked her to become editor of his transcendentalist journal, The Dial, and she did. A few years later, at the invitation of famed editor Horace Greeley, she joined the New York Tribune, becoming the first full-time book reviewer in American journalism, and the Tribune's first female editor. I'd love to know what she thinks of the role of women today—especially if one becomes president."
Abby Ellin, writer and author of Teenage Waistland