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Pioneering American Women

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  • Mary Kerr (1752 - 1837)
    Mary Kies was the first woman to apply for a U.S. patent. In May of 1809, she received a patent for a straw-hat making process. Her process included weaving straw with silk or thread to create a styl...
  • Ann Nancy Sloan-Wasson (1717 - 1769)
    Nancy Ann MEANS was buried at Mercersburg, Franklin, PA. Name mentioned in father's will. She is the subject of a famous story concerning being captured by the Indians after her husband was killed ...
  • Mary Murray (1726 - 1782)
    DAR# A083415 Mary Lindley Murray is known in American Revolutionary folklore as the Quaker woman who held up British General William Howe after the British victory against American forces at Kips Bay...
  • 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,...
  • Cornelia Fort, Aviatrix (1919 - 1943)
    Woman aviator Cornelia Fort was a Nashville debutante whose love of flying led her to become a pioneer in women's military aviation as a member of the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron, which later b...

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.