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Willard, Frances Elizabeth (1839–1898)

  1. John R. Miller

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1469

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Miller, J. R. 2011. Willard, Frances Elizabeth (1839–1898). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Frances E. Willard is prominent for her leadership in the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU). She propelled the WCTU to its apex, culminating in the passage of the Eighteenth Amendment (United States Constitutional Amendment forbidding the sale or transportation of alcohol) 20 years after her death. She also championed the rights of women and lent her support to the suffrage movement.


  • Willard, Frances Elizabeth (1839–1898);
  • women’s christian temperance union (WCTU);
  • woman in the pulpit;
  • foundational tenet of feminism