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Pioneering American Women

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  • 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...
  • Willa Brown-Chappell, Aviatrix (1906 - 1992)
    Willa Beatrice Brown was born on January 22, 1906 in Glasgow, KY. A pioneering aviator, she earned her pilot’s license in 1937, making her the first African-American woman to be licensed to fl...
  • Rachel Ellen Ridgway (1839 - 1925)
    Rachel Ellen Overman Draper Ridgway was born in Grant county, Indiana, within what is now the city limits of Marion, February 28, 1839, and departed this life at the home of her daughter, south of Ambo...
  • Mary Ingles (1732 - 1815)
    Mary Draper Ingles (1732 – February 1815), also known in records as Mary Inglis or Mary English, was an American pioneer and early settler of western Virginia. In summer 1755 she and her two you...

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.