A radical activist, feminist, and anarchist who opposed government as well as marriage and the subjugation of women.
Her father enrolled her in a convent in hopes of providing her with a better education, but it served only to shape her lifelong anti-religious sentiment.
An early believer that competition needs to exist as well as co-operation, she later changed her views and rejected individualism altogether.
She was born in the small town of Leslie, Michigan.
She cited among her influences Henry David Thoreau and Thomas Paine.