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Marie Jenney Howe (December 26, 1870 – February 28, 1934) was a feminist organizer and writer born in Syracuse, New York. She was deeply involved with the movement for Women's suffrage in the United States. She was the founder of the Heterodoxy Club.
Howe worked as a Unitarian minister and suffragist, graduating in 1897 from the Unitarian Theological Seminary in Meadville, Pennsylvania. She worked as assistant minister to Mary Augusta Safford in Sioux City and Des Moines, Iowa. She was active in the Consumers' League of Cleveland, and later in New York, was a leader in the National American Woman Suffrage Association, later leaving it for Alice Paul's Congressional Union, which became the National Women's Party. In 1926 she moved to Paris to do research into the life of George Sand, publishing a critically acclaimed biography of George Sand, George Sand: The Search for Love in 1927. With help from Sand's granddaughter Aurore, she edited and translated a collection of Sand's journals. She collaborated with many other activists and writers on essays, magazine articles, speeches, and propaganda plays, including at least two plays written with Rose Emmet Young, her close companion for many years.
In 1899, after reading Women and Economics, Jenney described herself as a "disciple" of Charlotte Perkins Gilman. In 1912 Marie Jenney Howe founded the feminist literary and debating society, Heterodoxy, in Greenwich Village, New York City. During the United States' participation in World War I, Heterodoxy was watched and had to move venues for every meeting. Marie Jenney Howe was taken into custody by the Secret Service in 1919 to be questioned about her radical political activities. Heterodoxy's group of feminist public intellectuals and radicals, including Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Fannie Hurst, Elisabeth Irwin, and many others, continued until the mid-1940s.
Marie Jenney married political reformer Frederic C. Howe in 1904. They moved to New York City in 1910. Jenney died at the Jenney's family home, Shadow Edge, Harmon-on-Hudson.
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