Also see: Women in American History
Martha Jane “Calamity Jane” Cannary (1852-1903) – Calamity Jane was renowned for her excellent marksmanship, preference for men’s clothing, and bawdy behavior. She was said to have been an Army scout, a bullwhacker, a nurse, a cook, a prostitute, a prospector, a gambler, a heavy drinker and one of the most foul-mouthed people in the West.
Martha Thomas Carey (1857-1935) – Suffragist and educator Martha was the first female college faculty member in the country to hold the title “dean.” Working at Bryn Mawr College, she also started the first graduate program at any women’s school.
Mary Ann Shadd Cary (1823-1893) – Mary Ann Shadd Cary was an African American activist, writer, teacher, lawyer, and journalist in the mid-1800s. She was also the first Black woman publisher in both the United States and Canada.
Nellie Cashman (1845-1925) – Nellie Cashman, was one of the Old West’s original female entrepreneurs, as well as a prospector, and an “angel of mercy.” Wandering from the frontier mining camps of the west, seeking her fortune, she was soon known throughout for her charity, courage, and determination.
Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) World-renowned artist, she introduced Impressionism to America and is famous especially for her paintings and prints depicting mothers and children.
Carrie Chapman Catt (1859-1947) Editor of the National Suffrage Bulletin and a leader in the women’s suffrage movement, she was instrumental in achieving voting rights for women in America’s West and was president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association at the time the 19th Amendment was finally passed.
Charlotte Mignon “Lotta” Crabtree (1847-1924) – An American actress and comedian, Crabtree was one of the wealthiest and most popular entertainers of the late 19th century.
Lottie Deno, aka: Carlotta J. Thompkins (her real name), Laura Denbo, Faro Nell, Charlotte Thurmond (1844-1934) – One of the most famous lady gamblers in the Old West, Lottie earned her reputation on the Mississippi Riverboats before moving on to Texas, where she played poker with the likes of Doc Holliday at Fort Griffin.
Emily Dickinson (1839-1886) Reclusive poet of hundreds of inventive, original poems, she was the most famous woman poet in 19th-century America.
Dorothea Dix (1802-1887) Crusader of rights for the mentally ill in North America and Europe, she founded or improved over thirty hospitals for the mentally ill and influenced government legislation with her research. In 1861, she was appointed first Superintendent of U.S. Army Nurses.
Isadora Duncan (1878-1927) Pioneer of modern dance in America and Europe, she elevated dance to an art form practiced by serious artists and gained huge popularity for her innovative, expressive style.
Eleanore Dumont (1829?-1879) – Better known as Madame Mustache, Eleanore was one of the first known professional blackjack players in American history and, for over three decades, made her name famous across the mining camps of the American West.
Rose Dunn, aka: The Rose of CimarronRose Dunn, aka: The Rose of Cimarron – Girlfriend of George “Bitter Creek” Newcomb, who was a member of the Dalton Gang and later, the Doolin Gang.
Hannah Emerson Dustin (1657-1736) – Early on March 15, 1697, a band of Abenaki warriors raided Haverhill, Massachusetts, killing 27 people and taking captives, including Hannah Dustin and her week-old daughter, Martha.
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
Fannie Echols – Fannie was first woman sentenced to hang at Fort Smith, Arkansas. Charged with murder, her sentence was commuted to life in prison.
Mary Fields, aka: Stagecoach Mary (1832-1914) – Born as a slave in Tennessee, Fields was one of the first women entrepreneurs, stagecoach drivers, and pioneers of the American West.
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.
Also see: Women in American History