Anne Hutchinson is one of the leading figures in the early history of Massachusetts. In an era when women were admonished to obedience, passivity, and meekness, Hutchinson defended her theological position and provided the women of the Massachusetts Bay Colony with a model of independence and resourcefulness. She is widely considered to be the earliest feminist in the New World.

In November 1637, Anne Hutchinson, a Puritan religious leader, was brought to trial. The trial record shows that chief among the accusations was that Hutchinson presumed to teach men who attended her meetings.
Image credit: Trial of Mrs Hutchinson From Popular history of the United States, from the first discovery of the western hemisphere by the Northmen to the end of the Civil War, via NYPL Digial Gallery. 

Anne Hutchinson is one of the leading figures in the early history of Massachusetts. In an era when women were admonished to obedience, passivity, and meekness, Hutchinson defended her theological position and provided the women of the Massachusetts Bay Colony with a model of independence and resourcefulness. She is widely considered to be the earliest feminist in the New World.

In November 1637, Anne Hutchinson, a Puritan religious leader, was brought to trial. The trial record shows that chief among the accusations was that Hutchinson presumed to teach men who attended her meetings.

Image credit: Trial of Mrs Hutchinson From Popular history of the United States, from the first discovery of the western hemisphere by the Northmen to the end of the Civil War, via NYPL Digial Gallery