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Historic Women Index - 2

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  • Dora Hand (1844-1878) - A celebrated actress, Miss Hand was killed in Dodge City, Kansas.

  • Pearl Hart, aka: Pearl Bywater, Pearl Taylor, Mrs. L.P. Keele (1871-19??) - Hart was one of the only female stagecoach robbers in the American West.

  • Josephine Hensley; aka: Chicago Joe (1846-1899) - The Queen of Helena, Montana's Red Light District and one of the city's most prominent business women during the city's early days.  

  • Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins (1841?-1891) - The first Native American woman known to secure a copyright and to publish in the English language. Her book, Life Among the Piutes: Their Wrongs and Claims, is an autobiographical account of her people during their first forty years of contact with explorers and settlers.

  • Julia Ward Howe (1819-1911) ­ Abolitionist, suffragist, and social reformer, she was also a poet whose most famous work became the anthem, The Battle Hymn of the Republic.

  • Anne Hutchinson (1591-1643) ­ Early champion of religious liberty and free speech, this midwife was put on trial in 1637 for her outspoken views. The Massachusetts General Court found her guilty of sedition and banished her from the Colony.

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  • Zerelda "Zee" Mimms James (1845-1900) - Married to Jesse James, most thought that the outlaw left a wealthy widow, that was not the case, and in fact, Zee had to sell most everything in the household in order to pay the creditors.

  • Mollie Johnson - Referred to as the Queen of the Blondes, Johnson was a leading Madam during Deadwood, South Dakota's gold boom.

  • Mary Harris "Mother" Jones (1830-1930) ­ Labor organizer who championed the cause of social justice and devoted herself to the struggle against the poors' hours, pay and working conditions of railroad, textile and mine workers.

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  • Helen Keller (1880-1968) ­Triumphing over an early childhood illness which left her blind and deaf, she went on to graduate with honors from Radcliffe College and become a world famous lecturer, author, and advocate of rights for people with disabilities.

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  • Lillie Langtry, aka: Emilie Charlotte Le Breton (1853-1929) - One of the most famous actresses of the 19th century.

  • Marie LaVeau (1796?-1863?) - African-American Voodoo Queen of New Orleans and famous herbalist.

  • Lozen, aka, "Dextrous Horse Thief" (1840-1887) - The sister of Apache Chief Victorio, Lozen was a skilled warrior and shaman. Her brother, Victorio is quoted as saying "Lozen is my right hand... strong as a man, braver than most, and cunning in strategy. Lozen is a shield to her people."

  • Mary Elizabeth. Lease (1853 - 1933) - Attorney, lecturer, writer and supporter of Populism from Wichita, Kansas.

  • Kitty LeRoy - A gunfighter and gambler, she was one of the Old West's best women gamblers. In 1876 she ran a saloon in Deadwood, South Dakota. Her many lovers included Sam Bass and Wild Bill Hickok. Her fourth husband grew jealous and killed her in 1878.

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  • Bridget "Biddy" Mason - Entrepreneur and one of first African-American women to own land in California.

  • Margaret Mead (1901-1978) ­ Internationally known social scientist, environmentalist, and spokesperson for social and intellectual issues, she introduced the world to anthropology through her 1928 bestseller Coming of Age in Samoa, Her pioneering research and new techniques of fieldwork revolutionized the field of anthropology.

  • Adah Isaacs Menken (1835-1868) - Actress, painter and poet.

  • F.M. Miller - Female U.S. Deputy Marshal. Commissioned out of the federal court at Paris, Texas, she was the only female deputy working in the Indian Territory in 1891. Known to always wear a cowboy hat and adorned with a gun belt filled with cartridges and a Colt pistol, she had a reputation as a fearless and efficient officer who locked numerous outlaws.

  • Maria Mitchell (1818-1889) ­The first American woman astronomer and the director of the observatory at Vassar College.

  • Lucretia Mott (1793-1880) ­ An ordained Quaker minister, she was an outspoken abolitionist and pioneering activist in the women's suffrage movement.

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  • Annie Oakley, aka: Phoebe Anne Oakley Mosey (1860-1926) ­ An excellent markswoman, Oakley made her living demonstrating her amazing ability to hit her target. As star of Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show, she traveled the world.

  • Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986) ­ Known as the greatest American woman artist of the 20th century, her paintings are noted for their abstract colors and shapes in depicting flowers, nature and the American landscapes.

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  • Cynthia Ann Parker (1825?-1871?) - The mother of Comanche Chief, Quannah Parker, Cynthia  was captured as a child by a Comanche War Party. She adapted to the Indian ways, married and had three children. She was "rescued" by Texas Rangers in 1860 but was never happy again.

  • Charley Parkhurst, aka: One Eyed Charley, Mountain Charley, Six-Horse Charley (1812-1879) - Parkhurst was a tobacco chewing, cussing, gambling California stage driver.

  • Rosa Parks (1913-2005) ­ By refusing to give up her seat on a city bus to a white man in 1955 Montgomery, Alabama, this hardworking seamstress set off a thirteen month bus boycott and a long chain of civil rights protests. The result was the national attention of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and a  Supreme Court ruling outlawing segregation on buses.

  • Alice Paul (1885-1977) ­ Activist and suffragist who organized the 1913 women's rights march through Washington, D.C. and founded the Congressional Union for Women's Suffrage, a militant branch of the National American Woman Suffrage Association.

  • Frances Perkins (1880-1965) ­ A social and political reformer, Perkins became the first woman appointed to the New York State Industrial Commission and the first female member of a United States Cabinet, heading the Department of Labor.

  • Susan La Flesche Picotte - Omaha Indian Susan La Flesche would overcome the stigma of women in higher education to become the first Native American to receive a medical degree.

  • PocahontasEtta Place (1878-19??) - Involved with the Sundance Kid, Etta was a "member" of the Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch.

  • Mary Ellen Pleasant (1814-1904) - An African American abolitionist, businesswoman, and entrepreneur.

  • Pocahontas (1595?- 1617) - A Powhatan Indian Princess, she was for having assisted colonial settlers at Jamestown and allegedly saving the life of the colony's leader, Captain John Smith.

  • Poker Alice - See Alice Ivers Tubbs

  • Fannie Porter (1873-19??) - Porter ran one of the most luxurious brothels in Texas at the turn of the century, often harboring Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch.

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Pearl Hart, Lady Stagecoach Robber

Pearl Hart often wore men's clothing.

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Lillie Langtry

Lillie Langtry

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