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Pioneering American Women

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  • Leigh Brackett (1915 - 1978)
    Leigh Douglass Brackett (December 7, 1915 – March 18, 1978) was an American writer, particularly of science fiction. She was also a screenwriter, known for her work on such films as The Big Sleep (19...
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    Harriet Ayers (1849 - 1903)
    Harriet Hubbard Ayer (June 27, 1849, Chicago, Illinois – November 25, 1903, New York City) was an American cosmetics entrepreneur and journalist during the second half of the nineteenth century. Biog...
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    Dr Sophronia Tuttle Rosebrook (1872 - 1937)
    Sophronia was the daughter of Franklin Benjamin Rosebrook and Viesta A. Kenison.Sophronia became a doctor, was a pioneer in Osteopathy, and had her office in Portland, ME from 1903-1937 at 633 Congress...
  • Beula Viene Wood (Nixon) (1873 - 1946)
    The Nixon Women of Texas When one views the photo of the spacious plantation home set on 14, 000 acres of the Texas Hill Country, most likely think, all the Nixon women were the typical southern debu...
  • Obedience Bodie Smith (1771 - 1847)
    Here’s how the text of the historical marker reads: OBEDIENCE SMITH (January 21, 1771 - March 1, 1847) Obedience Smith was a pioneer of three American frontiers: Kentucky, Mississippi, and Texas. N...

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.