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Pioneering American Women

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  • Hattie Wilkins (1875 - 1949)
    Advocate for Women's suffrage. First woman elected to public office in Alabama. Served in Alabama State legislature. Inducted into Alabama Women's Hall of Fame Hattie Hooker was born July 28, 1875,...
  • Catherine Gaylord (1745 - 1840)
    From her Find A Grave page: Katherine Cole Gaylord Birth: Nov. 28, 1745 - Harwinton, Litchfield County, Connecticut, USA Death: 1840 - Burlington, Hartford County,Connecticut, USA At he...
  • Hannah Wells (1732 - 1795)
    Among the Connecticut settlers in the Wyoming valley was the family of James and Hannah Loomis Wells. They had come from Colchester, Conn. in 1771 and had built for themselves a log cabin in Wyalusing,...
  • Nellie Bly (1864 - 1922)
    Aunt Pink married Bob Seaman in 1895. -------------------- Nellie Bly (May 5, 1864 – January 27, 1922) was the pen name of American pioneer female journalist Elizabeth Jane Cochran. She remain...
  • Rebecca Dudley (1656 - 1720)
    Rebecca and child captured when first husband Edward Taylor killed by Indians abt 26 Apr. 1704. She returned and m. 2d Thomas Dudley bef. 7 June 1711. In 1720 she and s. Nathan renounc. adm. on the Tay...

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.