Margaret Fuller Ossoli (1810-1850) was an American journalist and advocate of women's rights. Her book Woman in the Nineteenth Century, first published in 1845, is regarded as the first major feminist work by a US writer. A year after its publication she travelled to Europe as the first female correspondent of the New York Tribune.
While working as a foreign correspondent in Italy she became involved in the revolution, and had an affair with the political radical Giovanni Ossoli, with whom she had a child.
Sadly all three died in a shipwreck off Fire Island, New York, as they were travelling to the United States. Fuller's body was never recovered. [Next]