In 1845 Margaret Fuller, a leading intellectual of the time, published her book Woman in the Nineteenth Century.
“We would have every path laid open to Woman as freely as to Man,” she insisted.
Soon afterward, Fuller went to Europe as a foreign correspondent for the New York Tribune. In Italy she joined a revolt for democracy, but had to flee when it failed.
She decided to return to America with her Italian husband and child in 1850, but they all died in a storm at sea, just a few hours away from New York.
She was 40 years old.