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Pioneering American Women

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  • Grace Raymond Hebard (1861 - 1936)
    The talented and ambitious Grace Raymond Hebard remained well known and respected as a historian throughout Wyoming during her lifetime. Though her books, articles and pamphlets contained the racis...
  • Anna Manning (c.1793 - 1878)
    In 1817-18 Mrs. Anna Harned Manning of Plainfield, N. J., perfected a system for the combined action of teeth and cutters, patented by her husband, Wm. H. Manning, and also she made a clover cleaner. ...
  • Anna Manning Comfort, M.D. (1845 - 1931)
    Physician; born Trenton, N. J., Jan. 19, 1845; daughter of Alfred Curling and Elizabeth (Price) Manning; academic education in Boston, Mass.; was graduated from the first class of the N. Y. Medical Col...
  • Clemence S. Lozier, M.D. (1813 - 1888)
    Clemence earned her medical degree in March 1853. Clemence founded the New York Medical College and Hospital for Women in 1863. Her great-niece Anna Manning graduated in 1865. Clemence was presiden...
  • Susan Dimock, MD (1847 - 1875)
    Susan J. Dimock was born in Washington, North Carolina (Beaufort County) in 1847 to Henry and Mary Dimock. Mary was the daughter of the Washington sheriff Henry Dimock, a northerner who migrated from...

As the first Europeans landed and began their westward push, women were placed on the edge of hardship and danger. They took care of their families, and defended them.

Limited in their legal rights and accepted customs of society at the time, women mostly honored their husbands demands and spent their time cooking meals, tending to children, watering the horses and taking care of the household chores.

But, that was not always the case. There are hundreds of women who stand out in American History due to their strong characters, contributions to society, or plain old interesting personalities.

These include women like the "Unsinkable" Molly Brown, Calamity Jane, songstress Lilly Langtry, cattle rustlers, gamblers, and Hannah Dustin, who killed her Indian captors and returned home.