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Pioneering American Women

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  • Johanna “Hannah” Mountney (bef.1601 - bef.1659)
    Although sometimes given as being baptized and born in Shropshire, Hannah Boyle was likely baptized on 09 Jul 1601 as Johanna daughter of Richard Boyle, stationer, at St Helens Bishopgate, London, and ...
  • Ida Bell Wells-Barnett (1862 - 1931)
    Ida B. Wells-Barnett was an activist, writer, and teacher. Born a slave in 1862, she first became prominent in the 1890's because she brought international attention to the lynching of African American...
  • Lula Reese, Suffragette (1858 - 1926)
    Lulu Colyar Reese had her first introduction into the political world at the age of seventeen, when she joined other Nashville women in an appearance before the Tennessee General Assembly to secure t...
  • Anna Talbot (1868 - 1943)
    THE honor of being chosen the first woman professor in any English university fell to the lot of one of our St. Louis women. Miss Anna C. Hedges, who was offered the chair of household economy in the...
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    Dr. Anna Elizabeth Broomall (1847 - 1931)
    Anna Broomall was chief resident physician at the Woman's Hospital of the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania from 1875 to 1883 and instructor of obstetrics from 1875 to 1879. She became chair of o...

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.