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Pioneering American Women

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  • Betsy Ross (1752 - 1836)
    A Patriot of the American Revolution for PENNSYLVANIA. DAR Ancestor # A022879 . Elizabeth "Betsy" Griscom (1 January 1752 - 30 January 1836), popularly known as Betsy Ross , was the eighth of sevente...
  • Helen Keller, Presidential Medal of Freedom (1880 - 1968)
    Helen Keller was the first deaf and blind person to graduate from college. The story of how Keller's teacher, Annie Sullivan, broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language...
  • Margaret Duffin (1796 - 1852)
    The following link to Family Search.org shows information about "Margaret Peggy Dufin & Family, Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, Abraham O. Smoot Company, 1852, Information and Trail Excerpts, 1852, Com...
  • Buffalo Calf Road Woman or Brave Woman (c.1850 - 1879)
    " If you don't believe women belong in combat, Custer would agree with you." Buffalo Calf Road Woman, or Brave Woman (c. 1850s? – 1879), was a Northern Cheyenne woman who saved her wounded w...
  • Louise Thaden (1905 - 1979)
    Louise McPhetridge Thaden was a female aviation pioneer. She held numerous flight records during the late 1920-30s. At one point, she was the most famous female American aviatrix after Amelia Ear...

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.