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Pioneering American Women

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  • Marion Talbot (1858 - 1948)
    Marion Talbot (July 31, 1858 – October 20, 1948) was Dean of Women at the University of Chicago from 1895 to 1925, and an influential leader in the higher education of women in the United Stat...
  • Nancy Talbot Clark, MD (1825 - 1901)
    Nancy Elizabeth Talbot Clark 1825 – 1901 sister of homeopath Israel Tisdale Talbot and the aunt of Marion Talbot was the fourth woman to graduate in medicine in America, and the first woman to g...
  • Leonie von Meusebach–Zesch (1882 - 1942)
    Leonie von Meusebach–Zesch (November 27, 1882 – July 7, 1944) was an American early 20th-century pioneer female dentist who practiced in Texas, Alaska, Arizona and California. She is al...
  • Idawalley Zorada Lewis (1842 - 1911)
    Idawalley Zorada Lewis (later Lewis-Wilson) (February 25, 1842 – October 24, 1911) was an American lighthouse keeper noted for her heroism in rescuing people from the sea. Ida Lewis was born...
  • Mary Pratt Von Olnhausen (1818 - 1902)
    Mary Phinney von Olnhausen (1818–1902) was an American nurse, abolitionist, and diarist.[1] Historians look to the book extracted from her diaries -- "Adventures of an Army Nurse in Two Wars" ...

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.