ELIA PEATTIE

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Elia (1862-1935) was a journalist and outspoken in her opposition to lynching, capital punishment, and the Battle of Wounded Knee. She was an anomaly in her time, as she was a respected journalist in Chicago and quickly rose through the ranks to ultimately become an editor of a major newspaper.

"If a woman makes a success of anything from walking a tight rope to painting a picture, giver her credit for it. Do not call her a crank because she has ideas. Do not cut her because she knows enough to make a living. Try to get to a point where you can admit that she is nice in spite of the fact that she has opinions. It's this fighting shy of the women who are trying to march with the marching time that I most deprecate in women. I don't like them to be afraid of genius. Genius isn't necessarily disreputable. Make way for the uncommon woman as well as the common ones." (Omaha World-Herald 21 August 1892: 16)

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