Margaret Fuller, (May 23, 1810 – July 19, 1850) was an American journalist, critic, and women’s rights advocate associated with the American transcendentalism movement. She was the first full-time American female book reviewer in journalism. Her book Woman in the Nineteenth Century is considered the first major feminist work in the United States.

Fuller was an advocate of women’s rights and, in particular, women’s education and a woman’s right to employment outside the home. She encouraged many other reforms in society, especially prison reform in the United States.  In October 1844, she visited Sing Sing and interviewed the women prisoners Many other advocates for women’s rights and feminism, including Susan B. Anthony, cite Fuller as a source of inspiration.

Horace Greeley invited her to work for the New York Tribune as literary critic, becoming the first full-time book reviewer in American journalism.  In 1846 the New York Tribune sent Fuller to Europe, specifically England and Italy, as its first female foreign correspondent.

God will not ask why were you not Moses.  God will ask why were you not your fully developed self.

“It is up to us to reflect that likeness of God.  Devine potential will just lie there unless we cultivate it, water it, fertilize it to bring it forth.”