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Amelia Earhart (1898-1937) Pioneering female aviator and the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, she achieved many aviation firsts and set numerous transcontinental records before disappearing in the South Pacific while attempting to fly around the world.

Josephine Sarah "Josie" Marcus Earp, aka: Sadie (1861-1944) - Josephine was a professional dancer and actress involved with Johnny Behan in Tombstone, Arizona when she met Wyatt Earp. The two immediately got involved and by 1882 she was using the last name of "Earp." She spent her last years in Los Angeles, California and died on December 20, 1944.

Mattie Earp - See Celia Ann "Mattie" Blaylock


Mary FieldsMary Fields, aka: Stagecoach Mary (1832-1914) - Born as a slave in Tennessee, Fields was one of the first women entrepreneurs, stagecoach drivers, pioneers of the American West.  Orphaned as a child, she grew up with Ursuline nuns but received no formal education.  With the nuns she traveled west but never known for her quiet temperament, she left the convent when she was still in her teens. Living by her wits and strength, she became known, as a hard drinker, a notorious brawler, a cigar smoker and one of the wildest women of her time. 


The pistol-packing muscular, six-foot tall woman drew attention wherever she went and was constantly re-inventing herself as a successful entrepreneur.  Over the years, she ran several restaurants in a number of towns in Montana, Wyoming, and southern Canada.


Never married, she found her ideal job in 1895 when she became a U.S. mail coach driver for the Cascade County region of central Montana. She and her mule Moses, never missed a day, and it was in this capacity that she earned her nickname of "Stagecoach," for her unfailing reliability. When she retired in Cascade, Montana, spending most of her time gardening, she was befriended by Gary Cooper; the actor who, as a child, grew up with her as a neighbor.


 In 1914 she died of a failure of her liver. Neighbors buried her in the Hillside Cemetery in Cascade, marking the spot with a simple wooden cross. Given the limitations society placed on her by her skin color and gender, Fields stands out as a woman who was far ahead of her times during those adventurous days of the Old West.


Lavinia Fisher (1793-1820) - America's first female serial killer, she was hanged in Charleston, South Carolina in 1820. Today, her ghost is said to continue to haunt this historic city.


Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) Leading female intellectual and author of the pioneering feminist work Women in the Nineteenth Century in 1845. She edited for Ralph Waldo Emerson, and while writing literary and social criticism in Europe for the New York Tribune, became America's first female correspondent.

Deborah Sampson Gannett (1760-1827) She signed up for the 4th Massachusetts Regiment under an assumed male name, becoming the first woman to enlist as a soldier in the American army. After being wounded nineteen months later, she received an honorable medical discharge and, later, a military pension.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) Writer and lecturer on women's role in society, she was a leading feminist theorist and instrument of change.


Emma Goldman (1869-1940) An outspoken feminist, pacifist, and lecturer, Goldman founded Mother Earth newspaper and was noted for her radicalism in aiding the world's oppressed.




Sarah Moore Grimke (1792-1873) and Angelina Emily Grimke (1805-1879) Sisters from a wealthy slave owning family in South Carolina, they were the only white southerners to be leaders in the American Anti-Slavery Society. In an 1838 abolitionist speech before the Massachusetts State Legislature, Angelina became the first American woman to address a legislative body.



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