Women in History
Abraham Lincoln's mother - Nancy Hanks - b. 5 Feb 1784 d. 5 Oct 1818. She died, when Abraham was nine, of milk sickness (characterized by trembling, vomiting, and severe intestinal pain from ingesting milk, other dairy products or meat from a cow that has fed on white snakeroot, which contains the poison tremetol).
Lucy Stone. 1st woman in America to keep her last name upon marriage, 1st Massachusets woman to graduate college, chopped her hair off, scandalously wore precursors to pants, was kicked out of church for arguing that women had the right to own property and to be able to divorce abusive alcoholic husbands (the nerve). You go girl!
The Dionne Quintuplets born in 1934 are the first quintuplets known to survive infancy. It is believed they were all identical. Born to a poor family in Canada the government took custody and raised them in "Quintland" which became a popular tourist attraction. They later said "Our lives have been ruined by the exploitation we suffered at the hands of the government of Ontario, our place of birth. We were displayed as a curiosity three times a day for millions of tourists."
Joan Newton Cuneo, a socialite who by 1905 was driving her third White Steamer; that fall she did fast exhibition driving, ran against Barney Oldfield, & set the women's record for the flying mile at 1 minute and 24 seconds. After her stunning victories in New Orleans, the AAA (which sponsored most big races) banned women drivers, and even women passengers from racing events; many felt it was because too many men would stay away if they were beaten by a woman. MORE AT LINK
Joan Newton Cuneo, a socialite who in 1905, driving her third White Steamer, did fast exhibition driving, ran against Barney Oldfield, & set the women's record for the flying mile at 1 minute and 24 seconds. After her stunning victories in New Orleans, the AAA (which sponsored most big races) banned women drivers; many felt it was because too many men would stay away if they were beaten by a woman.
Susan B Anthony was arrested by a U.S. Deputy Marshal for voting on November 5 in the 1872 Presidential Election two weeks earlier. She had written to Stanton on the night of the election that she had "positively voted the Republican ticket—straight...". She was tried and convicted seven months later. The sentence was a $100 fine, but not imprisonment; true to her word in court ("I shall never pay a dollar of your unjust penalty"), she never paid the fine for the rest of her life.
"Phillis Wheatley (b. 1753), was brought to Boston from Senegal on a slave ship in 1761 and purchased by John Wheatley as a personal servant to his wife. The Wheatleys educated Phillis, who mastered English, Latin, and Greek. Her volume of English poetry, published in 1773, is the earliest known publication by an African-American writer. This portrait of her appeared in Revue des Colonies in Paris between 1834 and 1842."
Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte (June 17, 1865 - September 18, 1915) was the first American Indian woman to become a physician in the United States. Of Ponca, Iowa, French, and Anglo-American descent, she grew up with her parents on the Omaha Reservation. She went to college at the Hampton Institute and got her medical degree at the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania (WMCP) in Philadelphia.
Sarah Winchester - Convinced spirits would kill her if she completed construction of her home, Sarah used her fortune to continue uninterrupted construction on it for 38 years. Since her death, the Winchester House has become a popular tourist attraction, known for its many staircases and corridors leading nowhere.
Researchers have uncovered a rare photograph of a young Helen Keller with her teacher Anne Sullivan, nearly 120 years after it was taken on Cape Cod. The photograph, shot in July 1888 in Brewster, shows an 8-year-old Helen sitting outside in a light-colored dress, holding Sullivan’s hand and cradling one of her beloved dolls. Experts on Keller’s life believe it could be the earliest photo of the two women together and the only one showing the blind and deaf child with a doll...
For my Grandma-------Saint Philomena is a virgin martyr, said to have been a young Greek princess martyred in the 4th century. Her veneration began in the early 19th century after the archaeological discovery in the Catacombs of Priscilla of the bones of a young woman, which were interpreted as those of a martyr. Nothing else was known about her, but an inscription found at the tomb was taken to indicate her name. Her patronage includes children and lost causes.
group of women having a smoke, gelatin silver print, c. 1896.