Happy birthday, Jemima Wilkinson (Nov. 29, 1752 – July 1, 1819)! #Quaker. #Pacifist. #Feminist. #Abolitionist. Advocate for simplicity in dress and lifestyle. Transgender evangelist. After a near-death experience in 1776, changed her name to “Publick Universal Friend” and stopped using gendered pronouns, as s/he came to believe s/he was neither male nor female. Founder of the Society of Universal Friends in 1783. Founder of a utopian community near Seneca Lake, New York, in 1788.
~The Marginal Mennonite Society Heroes Series.