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Sunday, April 03, 2011

April 3rd

Born this day in 1817,Mathilde Franziska Anneke, journalist, suffragette, educator and abolitionist. Born in Germany, Anneke life was one of novels! Her first marriage was an unhappy one and she fought for a divorce and won. And to support herself and her infant daughter,Mathilde began to write and was published. Fritz Anneke, her second husband, with whom she had six children, only three survived to adulthood. A husband who was a soldier, their first post was in Cologne. It is in Cologne, Mathilde and her husband who was more than a soldier,he too was a writer and editor. And together they published their first daily newspaper for the working class, Neue Kölnische Zeitung.
And this is the times of the working class 1847, begin demanding their rights, the seeds for unions are being planted. And Neue Kölnische Zeitung, fanned the wave of change by educating their readers about their rights. Adjitating for change landed her husband in prison as political prisoner. Mathilde continued the work to publish their newspaper until it was banned. 1848, Mathilde starts her second newspaper, Neue Kölnische Zeitung which is the first feminist newspaper in Germany. "Denounced the suppressed position of women."
The same year, Fritz goes to war in Palatinate and Mathilde goes with him, she was an excellent horsewoman. And with a bird-eye view, Mathilde keeps a daily diary of the this Revolution. And this leads to the couple emigrating to the United States.
And of course, Mathilde brings her passion for social justice. Joining the suffrage movement and the abolitionists, it wasn't long before, Mathilde was publishing again.And like her life, her writing was her point of view in life. The family settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. And again, true to her heart, Mathilde opened a women's academy knowing if women's lives were going to change, they would need training and most importantly, an education. Mathilde over saw the school until her death in 1884.