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Anna Garlin Spencer

Spencer, Anna Garlin (1851–1931), U.S. religious and political leader, educator, and author, especially in the field of women's rights. She was the first woman in Rhode Island to become a minister (1891), at the Bell Street Chapel in Providence. She taught sociology in universities and was a leader in the New York School of Philanthropy. She supported woman suffrage, prohibition, world peace, and family unity. Her vision of equal rights for women was expressed in her book Woman's Share in Social Culture (1913).

See also: Woman suffrage.

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