Ovum – Homage to Margaret Fuller
Ovum takes physical, material, and intellectual inspiration from Margaret Fuller Ossoli's Woman In The Nineteenth Century, and Kindred Papers Relating to the Sphere, Condition and Duties, of Woman. Boston, 1855, Introduction by Horace Greeley, Edited by her brother Arthur F. Fuller.
Sarah Margaret Fuller Ossoli (1810 – 1850) was an educator, social reformer, transcendentalist, critic, abolitionist, the first American female foreign correspondent and woman's rights advocate. One of her most significant works Woman in the Nineteenth Century is considered the first major feminist work in the United States, first published in 1845.
An advocate for woman's education and the right to employment, Fuller argued that “we would have every path laid open to Woman as freely as to Man.” She challenged existing ideas and explored the essence of gender in her writings of the 1840's, giving birth to the idea of empowerment of women, a “fullness of being” for both men and women and ultimately feminist ideals. It has become one of the major documents in American feminism.