Matilda May Forney (May 17, 1862 - June 25, 1922) was a writer and journalist.
Matilda May Forney was born in Washington, D. C., on May 17, 1862. She was the youngest child of the eminent journalist, Colonel John Weiss Forney (1817-1881), founder and editor of the Philadelphia Press, a man who wielded an acknowledged great political and social influence. His daughter, having inherited many of her distinguished father's tastes and ambitions, became his almost constant companion after leaving Miss Carr's celebrated academy on the Old York Road, Pennsylvania.
She was raised in a home of luxury, the Forney library was one of the finest in Philadelphia. Her mother, Elizabeth Matilda Reitzel (1820-1897), was an accomplished lady of the old school, and she and her daughter were both social favorites.
Tillie May Forney wrote for publication from early girlhood, and she then took up the task systematically and wrote regularly for prominent journals, besides acting frequently as her father's amanuensis, both in this country and in Europe. Under his experienced eye she received careful training for the work she preferred above all others.
No accomplishment suitable to her sex was neglected in her education. She possesses a voice of unusual range and sweetness, and at that period it was her teacher's wish that all her interest should be centered on her musical talent, but it seemed impossible for her to drop her pen. She grows fonder of her literary duties every year, and was a constant contributor to New York, Philadelphia and western dailies, besides writing regularly for several well-known magazines.
Together with her brother, John W. Forney, Jr., Forney published The Progress. She was the editor of Table Talk.
Tillie May Forney resided with her widowed mother in the old family residence, on 618 Locust Street, Washington Square (Philadelphia).
She died on June 25, 1922, and is buried with her parents at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd.
Harriet Jacobs was an African-American abolitionist and writer whose autobiography, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, published in 1861 under the pseudonym Linda Brent, is now considered an "American classic". Born into slavery in Edenton, North Carolina, she was sexually harassed by her enslaver. When he threatened to sell her children if she did not submit to his desire, she hid in a tiny crawl space under the roof of her grandmother's house, so low she could not stand up in it. After staying there for seven years, she finally managed to escape to the free North, where she was reunited with her children Joseph and Louisa Matilda and her brother John S. Jacobs. She found work as a nanny and got into contact with abolitionist and feminist reformers. Even in New York City, her freedom was in danger until her employer was able to pay off her legal owner.
Matilda Joslyn Gage was an American writer and activist. She is mainly known for her contributions to women's suffrage in the United States but she also campaigned for Native American rights, abolitionism, and freethought. She is the eponym for the Matilda effect, which describes the tendency to deny women credit for scientific invention. She influenced her son-in-law L. Frank Baum, the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Elizabeth Monroe was the first lady of the United States from 1817 to 1825, as the wife of James Monroe, fifth president of the United States. Due to the fragile condition of Elizabeth's health, many of her duties as the official White House hostess were assumed by her eldest daughter, Eliza Monroe Hay.
Martha "Patsy" Randolph was the eldest daughter of Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, and his wife, Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson. She was born at Monticello, near Charlottesville, Virginia.
Charlotte Louise Bridges Forten Grimké was an African American anti-slavery activist, poet, and educator. She grew up in a prominent abolitionist family in Philadelphia. She taught school for years, including during the Civil War, to freedmen in South Carolina. Later in life she married Francis James Grimké, a Presbyterian minister who led a major church in Washington, DC, for decades. He was a nephew of the abolitionist Grimké sisters and was active in civil rights.
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds is a play written by Paul Zindel, a playwright and science teacher. Zindel received the 1971 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for the work.
Mathilda, or Matilda, is the second long work of fiction of Mary Shelley, written between August 1819 and February 1820 and first published posthumously in 1959. It deals with common Romantic themes of incest and suicide. The narrative deals with a father's incestuous love for his daughter.
Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley was an American seamstress, activist, and writer who lived in Washington, D.C. She was the personal dressmaker and confidante of Mary Todd Lincoln. She wrote an autobiography.
Sir William Henry Don, 7th Baronet (1825–1862) was a British baronet and actor.
John Weiss Forney was an American newspaper publisher and politician. He was clerk of the United States House of Representatives from 1851 through 1856, and again from 1860 through 1861. He was thereafter secretary of the United States Senate from 1861 through 1868.
Matilda Mary Hays was a 19th-century English writer, journalist and part-time actress. With Elizabeth Ashurst, Hays translated several of George Sand's works into English. She co-founded the English Woman's Journal. Her love interests included the actress Charlotte Cushman, with whom she had a 10-year relationship, and the poet Adelaide Anne Procter.
Matilda Anne Mackarness was an English novelist of the 19th century, primarily writing children's literature.
Elizabeth Ashurst Biggs was an English novelist and advocate for women's rights and anti-slavery.
Matilda Kinnon "Tillie"' Paul Tamaree was a Tlingit translator, civil rights advocate, educator, and Presbyterian church elder.
Susan E. Dickinson was an American journalist and the older sister of lecturer Anna Elizabeth Dickinson.
Ittie Kinney Reno was a novelist and social leader.
Tillie Pierce (also known as Matilda Alleman) was the author of At Gettysburg, or What A Girl Saw and Heard of the Battle: A True Narrative. Published more than a quarter of a century after the Battle of Gettysburg, the book recounted her experiences during the American Civil War.
Caroline Matilda Dodson was an American physician and a founding member of the National Woman's Health Association of America.
Henrietta Elizabeth Spiers was a British costume designer for the theatre and silent films, a screenwriter, and an author. Columbia University's Women Film Pioneers Project counts her among those on its list of 'Unhistoricized Women Film Pioneers'.
Alice Hobbins Porter was a British-born American journalist, correspondent, editor, and syndicalist. She was a correspondent, contributor, editor, or staff member for a number of different publications including: the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Cincinnati Enquirer, Chicago Times, Wisconsin State Journal, Chicago Inter Ocean, New York Daily Graphic, New York Sun, New York Herald, New York World, Harper's Magazine, Spirit of the Times, The Philadelphia Press, National Tribune, and the New York Press.