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Pioneering American Women

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  • Elizabeth Caroline Winn (1827 - 1905)
    The following information about Elizabeth Caroline Pugh Winn was found on Family Search.org: Elizabeth Caroline Pugh, John Winn's second wife, was born March 26, 1827 in Knoxville, Knox County, Tenness...
  • Olive Oatman (Indian captive) (1837 - 1903)
    The subject of The Captivity of the Oatman Girls and innumerable other articles and stories, along with her sister Mary Ann, Olive spent her early childhood with her family in Hancock County, IL. After...
  • Lorna Elizabeth Lockwood (1903 - 1977)
    Lorna Elizabeth Lockwood (March 24, 1903 – September 23, 1977) was a Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court. She was the first female chief justice of a state Supreme Court in the United States. ...
  • Catherine Vanderpool (1725 - 1808)
    Catherine Vanderpool was born 30 Jun 1725 in Albany New York and died in 1808 in Coshocton, Ohio. She had moved with her daughter Margaret (See) Roach Robinson and family when Margaret's husband acquir...
  • 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,...

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.