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Pioneering American Women

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  • Georgia Ann Thompson (1893 - 1978)
    Georgia Ann Thompson Broadwick (April 8, 1893 in Oxford, North Carolina – 1978 in California), or Georgia Broadwick, was an American pioneering parachutist. She was nicknamed 'Tiny', as she ...
  • Catherine Blanchan, sang until rescued (1627 - 1713)
    One of the captives of the Indians at the burning of Hurley. Data Conflict: First Name: Catherine or Catharine Last Name: Du Bois or Blanshan Maiden name: Blanchan or Blanshan Birth Date: 10/...
  • Phoebe Wilson Couzins (1842 - 1913)
    A lawyer & suffragist, Couzins was the first Missouri woman to graduate from law school (1871), the second to be admitted to a bar association & the third allowed to practice law nationwide. She was ...
  • Ruth Harkness (1900 - 1947)
    In 1936, New York socialite and dress designer Ruth Harkness, who once said she wouldn’t walk a block in Manhattan if she could take a cab, set out on an impossible journey to do an impossible t...
  • Catalyntje Trico (1605 - 1689)
    Catalyntje Trico Baptized: 1605 - St. Nicholas Church, Pris, Hainaut, Spanish Netherlands (now Prisches, France) as Pasque (?) Died: Sep 11, 1689 in Walabought, Long Island, New York about the ag...

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.