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Howland, Marie (23 January 1836–18 September 1921), women's rights advocate, utopian socialist, and writer, women’s rights advocate, utopian socialist, and writer, was born Hannah Marie Stevens in Lebanon, New Hampshire, the eldest daughter of poor farmers whose names are unknown. As a young girl, Howland insisted that her parents allow her to attend school, just like her brother, and she excelled at her studies. When she was twelve, however, her formal education came to an abrupt end with the death of her father. Left destitute, the family had to separate in order to survive. Her mother had always worked hard on the farm but without wages. Howland learned, at an early age, what economic dependence meant for women....