A Writer's Journey

March 18, 2013

Women in History Month!

Filed under: off topic — mackenziew @ 12:00 am
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We all know February is Black History Month. But I feel like less than less attention is paid to the fact that March is Women in History month. And I’m not sure if it’s because there’s more education about women in history. So I want to discuss some of my favorite historical women, American edition.

Dolley Madison: Wife of the fourth president, James Madison. Served as the White House hostess for Presidents Jefferson and Madison. Under her, White House parties were wonderful events. She’s also credited with serving ice cream at her parties, paving the way for its popularity. But being able to throw a good party is not all this woman is known for. During the War of 1812, while her husband led troops into battle, Dolley fled Washington with several important documents we didn’t want the British to destroy.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton: The first American-born saint. Though raised Episcopalian, Seton converted to Catholicism while living in Italy. Widowed, she founded the Sisters of Charity and opened schools throughout the US. She spent time on Staten Island, which I hope to use in one of my future Pearl of the Atlantic books.

Louisa May Alcott: Author. Wrote the beloved “Little Women” and associated novels. Her characters of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March are still beloved to this day.

Amelia Earhart: Aviator. First woman to fly across the Atlantic. She disappeared while attempting to fly around the world in a mystery that lasts to today.

Eleanor Roosevelt: First Lady. May be the inspiration for the quote “Behind every powerful man is a strong woman.” Smart and charismatic, she often traveled in lieu of her husband. When the UN was created, she served as an ambassador.

So, there you go. Stay tuned for the World edition on Friday.

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