Sophia Willard Dana Ripley
(1803–1861), wife of George Ripley
, was a 19th-century feminist associated with Transcendentalism
and the Brook Farm
She was born Sophia Willard Dana in 1803. Her father traveled abroad often and left his daughters to fend for themselves. In 1823, during one of his trips, the Dana sisters decided to earn their own living by teaching. In Cambridge, Massachusetts
, they established a girl's school; Sophia Dana served as the principal teacher.Crowe, Charles. George Ripley: Transcendentalist and Utopian Socialist
. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1967: 40.
She first met George Ripley
during his final year as a student at the Harvard Divinity School
in 1825.Golemba, Henry L. George Ripley
. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1977: 22. ISBN 0-8057-7181-6Crowe, Charles. George Ripley: Transcendentalist and Utopian Socialist
. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1967: 40–41. They were officially married on August 22, 1827, in a ceremony presided over by Abiel Holmes
.Crowe, Charles. George Ripley:......