Abigail Rogers

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Abigail Rogers (1818–1869) was an American advocate for women's rights and women's education. She founded the Michigan Women's College, and was posthumously inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame in 2007.


Rogers spent her whole life advocating for the admittance of women into Michigan universities. In September 1855, she founded the Michigan Women's College in Lansing, Michigan with Delia Rogers and pioneer James Turner,[1][2] with the stated goal "to keep before the public mind as constantly as they could, the duty of the State to provide for the education of its daughters as it had already provided for the education of its sons." The college held daily sessions in the Michigan State Capitol until acquiring a location of their own in 1857. Ten years later over 1000 students had been educated. In 1869, Rogers died. Later that same year, in part as a result of her work Michigan State University (in 1869) admitted women, and the next year, the University of Michigan (in 1870) admitted women. The Michigan Women's College would eventually become the Michigan School for the Blind.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ Dunbar, Willis F.; May, George S. (5 September 1995). Michigan: A History of the Wolverine State. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans. p. 296. ISBN 9780802870551.
  2. ^ Cosentino, Lawrence (22 March 2017). "Love at last for the Abigail?". City Pulse. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Michigan Female College | Lansing, MI". www.lansingmi.gov. Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  4. ^ "Abigail Rogers" (PDF). Michigan Women's Hall of Fame.
  5. ^ "Michigan Women in History". Capital Area District Libraries. 15 March 2017. Retrieved 8 December 2017.