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Pioneering American Women

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  • 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...
  • Myra Maybelle Shirley "Belle Starr" (1848 - 1889)
    Myra Maybelle Shirley Reed Starr, better known as Belle Starr (February 5, 1848 – February 3, 1889), was a famous American female outlaw. Early life She was born Myra Maybelle Shirley (known...
  • Mary Texanna Loomis (1880 - 1960)
    Telegrapher and expert ham radio operator. Founded The Loomis Radio College. Mary Texanna Loomis, one of the few prominent women of early radio history, was born on August 18, 1880 near Goliad, Tex...
  • Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864 - 1952)
    Frances "Fannie" Benjamin Johnston (15 January 1864 – 16 May 1952) was one of the earliest American female photographers and photojournalists. She was a pioneering photojournalist and docu...
  • Bessie Coleman, 1st American Aviatrix (1892 - 1926)
    Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman (January 26, 1892 – April 30, 1926) was an American civil aviator. She was the first female pilot of African American descent and the first person of African-America...

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.