Hooker, Isabella Beecher

Life Span
    Full name
    Isabella Beecher Hooker
    Place of Birth
    Burial Place
    Birth Date Certainty
    Death Date Certainty
    Sectional choice
    Free State
    No. of Siblings
    No. of Spouses
    No. of Children
    Lyman Beecher (father), Harriet Porter (mother), Henry Ward Beecher (half-brother), Catharine Beecher (half-sister), Harriet Beecher Stowe (half-sister), John Hooker (husband, 1841)
    Other Education
    Hartford Female Seminary, CT; Western Female Institute, OH
    Writer or Artist
    Relation to Slavery
    White non-slaveholder
    Other Affiliations
    Women’s Rights

    Isabella Beecher Hooker (American National Biography)

    In 1868, with her two daughters married and her youngest child nearing majority, Hooker returned to public life with the publication of "A Mother's Letters to a Daughter on Woman's Suffrage" in Putnam's Magazine. Over the next forty years, until her death in Hartford, Hooker refined her arguments for and deepened her commitment to the cause of women's rights. From the tentative and unpublished essay "Shall Women Vote? A Matrimonial Dialogue" (1860) through her influential treatise called Womanhood: Its Sanctities and Fidelities (1873) to her last published tract, An Argument on United States Citizenship (1902), Hooker imagined and argued for a democratic society that made public use of the knowledge and virtue gained by women in their domestic struggles. Women, she maintained, should be judges and juries because they learned to adjudicate at home, equitably settling passionate disputes among their children. Women learned to legislate at home as well, quietly persuading others and spending patient years urging projects forward to completion. Hooker argued that wife- and motherhood provided the best possible training for government service, a view that, for her, made woman suffrage all the more urgent.
    Sharon Ann Holt, "Hooker, Isabella Beecher," American National Biography Online, February 2000, http://www.anb.org/articles/15/15-00342.html.
    Chicago Style Entry Link
    Hooker, Isabella Beecher. Womanhood: Its Sanctities and Fidelities. Boston: Lee and Shepard, 1873. view record
    Rugoff, Milton Allan. The Beechers: An American Family in the Nineteenth Century. New York: Harper & Row, 1981. view record
    White, Barbara Anne. The Beecher Sisters. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003. view record
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