Women in American History



American Progress

American Progress

Cautious, careful people, always casting

about to preserve their reputations …

can never effect a reform.

— Susan B. Anthony

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. From the hardy pioneers who crossed the vast prairies and mountains heading westward, to nurses, abolitionists, stagecoach drivers, and even a few doctors and soldiers, you’ll find their stories here.

For those less fortunate, forced by circumstance, need, and sometimes adventure, you’ll also find female outlaws, gamblers, powerful Madams, their brothels, and a bevy of soiled doves. In the days when the West was ruled by the gun, it took a woman of great character and strong resolve to survive.  



Revolver Girl

Revolver Girl

List of Historic Women

Full Articles:

Anne Bonny – Lady Pirate

Annie Rogers and the Bank Dick

Baby Doe Tabor & the Tabor Triangle

The Battle Against Corsets

Belle Starr – The Bandit Queen

Betsy Ross & the Nations First Flag

Big Nose Kate – Doc Holliday’s Sidekick

Calamity Jane

Calamity Jane

Calamity Jane – Rowdy Woman of the West

Cathay Williams – Female Buffalo Soldier

Cattle Kate – Mystery of a Lynching

Deadlier Than the Male – Female Spies During the Civil War

Eleanore Dumont – Madame Mustache Plays the West

Fannie Porter – San Antonio’s Famous Madam

Hannah Dustin’s Revenge

Harriet Tubman – Moses of the Underground Railroad

Heroines of the Southwest

Heroines Across the Plains

Heroines in the Rocky Mountains

Josephine “Chicago Joe” Hensley – Queen of Helena, Montana

Laura Ingalls Wilder – Celebrated American Author

Kitty Leroy – Lady Gambler & Gunfighter

Lady Marshals of Indian Territory

Mattie Silks

Mattie Silks

Leading Madams of the Old West

Lizzie Borden – Killer of Fall River, Massachusetts?

Lottie Deno: Queen of the Paste Board Flippers

Mary Bickerdyke – A Civil War Hero

Mary E. Walker – Brave Surgeon of the Civil War

Monument to a Prostitute in Lusk, Wyoming

Nellie Cashman – Pioneering the Mining Camps of the Old West

Painted Ladies of the Old West

Painted Ladies of Deadwood Gulch

Susan La Flesche Picotte – First Native Physician

Pearl de Vere – Madam of Cripple Creek, Colorado

Pearl Hart – Lady Bandit of Arizona

Phoebe Couzins – Lady Law

Pocahontas – Legendary Indian Princess

Poker Alice – Famous Frontier Gambler

Sacagawea guided Lewis and Clark on their expedition  of 1804-06

Sacagawea guided Lewis and Clark on their expedition of 1804-06

Sacagawea – Leading Lewis & Clark

Sally Skull – The Scariest Siren in Texas

Sarah Rosetta Wakeman – Fighting in the Civil War

The Journal of Sedona Schnebly

Some Remarkable Women in Pennsylvania & Kentucky

Susan “Doc Susy” Anderson – Frontier Physician

Texas Madam, Squirrel Tooth Alice

Timeline of American Women in History

Woman As A Pioneer

Women in the Army

Women in the Homestead

Women on the Move: Overland Journeys to California

Women on the Santa Fe Trail

Women’s Suffrage in the United States

The Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913

Zee James – Jesse’s “Poor” Wife

See our Women in History Photo Gallery HERE

1 thought on “Women in American History”

  1. Another woman who I don’t think gets nearly enough recognition is Mary Kay Ash. She revolutionized the door to door sales process for women and gave them sustainable income for their families. She then turned around and started a foundation to help improve the lives of women everywhere. http://www.marykaytribute.com/HerLife.aspx

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