The Lives of Margaret Fuller

Reading about Margaret Fuller (transcendentalist writer and first foreign correspondent — female or male ever!)

I found she was in Rome during the Risorgimento of 1849 and called on America to send a smart ambassador to Rome, writing:

“Another century and I might ask to be made Ambassador myself, but woman’s day has not yet come.”

She was about right. In 1953 Clare Booth Luce (playwright known for ‘The Women’, elected to the House of Representatives in 1942, ) became the first female ambassador to Rome. Margaret was only off by 5 years.

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