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Jessie Ackermann

Born: Jul 4, 1857

Death: Mar 31, 1951

Birthplace: Frankfort

Nationality: United States

Jessie Ackermann

Date of Birth : Jul 4, 1857
Date of Death : Mar 31, 1951
Birth Place : Frankfort

Jessie Ackermann was a social reformer, feminist, journalist, writer and traveller. She was the second round-the-world missionary appointed by the World's Woman's Christian Temperance Union, becoming in 1891 the inaugural president of the federated Australasian Woman's Christian Temperance Union, Australia's largest women's reform group. Although an American, Ackermann is considered a major voice in the Australian suffrage movement. As well as being the author of three books, Ackermann gave talks on travel and temperance around the world and became a skilled and popular speaker with a wide following. In her talks, she advocated equal political, legal and property rights for women. Ackermann was actively involved in campaigns for women's rights as well as the ongoing international struggle against opium and also tobacco. She became World's superintendent of the WCTU's anti-opium department in 1893-95 and in 1891 established an Anti Narcotics Department of the WCTU in Australia. In 1906 she was made a fellow of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, one of the few women to be able to put these letters after her name.

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