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Snow, Eliza Roxcy (21 January 1804–05 December 1887), Mormon women's leader and writer, Mormon women’s leader and writer, was born in Becket, Massachusetts, the daughter of Oliver Snow, a farmer, and Rosetta Pettibone. Reared from age two in the Ohio frontier town of Mantua, she excelled in the common schools she attended but lacked opportunity for higher education. Of literary bent, she began in 1826 publishing poetry under various pseudonyms—“Narcissa,” “Pocahontas,” and “Tullia” among them—in Ohio newspapers. She assisted her father, a county official, as his secretary. Her early training “to the kitchen” also included the domestic duties required of children. Tailoring and weaving straw hats were her specialties....

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Emmeline B. Wells. Photograph by C. R. Savage. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-111862).

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Wells, Emmeline B. (29 February 1828–25 April 1921), suffragist and Mormon feminist activist, was born Emmeline Blanche Woodward in Petersham, Massachusetts, the daughter of David Woodward and Diadama Hare, farmers. Marital relations were a defining characteristic of Emmeline’s life. As a recent convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS church), she married at age fifteen fellow church member James Harris, also fifteen. By the next year, she had buried her first child and had been deserted by her teenage husband. Thereafter, Emmeline chose father figures as husbands. In 1845 she married Newel K. Whitney, a prominent Mormon bishop thirty-three years her senior, who was already the husband of two living wives. She wrote Whitney in 1847: “Like as a vine entwineth itself around an ...