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Amelia Bloomer, an Episcopalian best known for women’s dress reform, was active in the temperance, abolitionist and women’s rights movements all her life because, she said, she was a disciple of Jesus Christ. Male clergy attacked her from the pulpit, based on an Old Testament verse, for wearing Turkish trousers. She fired back, “It matters not what Moses had to say to the men and women of his time about what they should wear. If clergy really cared about what Moses said about clothes, they would all put fringes and blue ribbons on their garments.” Her critics didn’t have an answer, so all they could do was call her more names.

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