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Pioneering American Women

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  • Lucia Ophelia Case (1851 - 1925)
    As wife of "Hib" Case, she became the 1st Female attorney in the State of Kansas.
  • Florence Finch (1915 - 2016)
    Florence Finch was born in the Philippines, the daughter of a Filipino mother and an American father, Charles G. Ebersole, who had come to the Philippines with the U.S. Army during the Spanish-Americ...
  • Esther Reed (1747 - 1780)
    Esther De Berdt Reed (1746-1780) Esther de Berdt Reed led the largest women’s organization of the American Revolution. She was born October 22, 1746, in London, England. Her father, Dennis de Berdt, ...
  • Mary Sullivant (1722 - 1837)
    findagrave... ; Mary was the daughter of Charlton, Thomas, Christopher, or John Charlton. She married (1) an old man Johnson who gave her a silk stocking filled with gold and silver. Upon his dea...
  • Dr. Patience Miller (c.1631 - 1716)
    Patience ( Bacon ) Miller was a physician and surgeon, the only doctor serving the towns of Northampton and Northfield. According to Cutter, she was the first and only woman physician of the time in Am...

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.