Was reading a book about female friendship yesterday and this paragraph immediately had my attention:

One of the most powerful of the early reform groups was the New York Female Moral Reform Society, formed in 1834 and dedicated to the Sisyphean task of eliminating prostitution. Prostitution was not wholly illegal at the time, and up to 10 percent of women in New York generated income from the practice. Within five years, the New York group had mushroomed into 445 auxiliaries and changed its name to the American Female Moral Reform Society. This formidable organization butted heads with the male establishment by lobbying legislators to make sex solicitation by men illegal and, perhaps more compellingly, by threatening to publish the names of brothel frequenters. Whatever the efficacy of its efforts, the energy and organizational muscle of the NYFMRS laid the groundwork for the great surge in women's progressive movements later in the century.

(Marilyn Yalom & Theresa Donovan Brown, The Social Sex: A History of Female Friendship)

Absolutely love the idea of publishing the names of the johns.

One of the founders of NYFMRS, Lydia Andrews Finney, wife of the revivalist and second president of Oberlin College, Charles Grandison Finney, went on to become the first directress of the Oberlin Female Moral Reform Society, which had 380 members by 1840 and was one of the largest in the nation. Finney also arranged for three reformed prostitutes to study at Oberlin.