Sunday, July 17, 2011

"American Woman: What's Your History?"

For several years, my interest in American history has been emerging. My interest has narrowed to women’s roles in American history. I began to research noticing many of the historians were men. Recently I have been searching for women historians that feature their own gender. The amount of material is scarce in comparison to the female role in American history written by male historians.

In this blog, I will attempt to bring to light historical facts, themes, wives’ tales or even rumors, as well as humorous stories about the historical American woman written and researched by her contemporary counterpart. I say “counterpart” in as much as that is possible remembering that our female ancestors had few legal rights.

I want it understood that I am by no means a “feminist” as most people define the word in modern history. I am 56 years old and most of my life, self-declared feminists were, for the most part, staunch liberals. An organization, supposedly in support of ALL women cannot speak for me if the majority of their platform does not cover my beliefs. The same goes for the thousands of American women, with their own beliefs, wants and needs. We do not fit neatly in a box stamped “This is the way American women think”.

In many ways, we American women are alike. I’m sure most of us have our hopes and dreams; we do not wish harm to others even if we disagree. However, every one of us has the right to gain our happiness is our own way. Our journey to our dreams are just that, ours. No one else has the right to tell us how we are to take that trip
In this blog, I want to bring to light and write about women of other eras; but it will not be a soapbox debating “women’s rights”, etc. My point is to write how our “other selves” lived before us. I want to inject humor somewhat and find out if we as women have things in common despite the passing of time. I imagine that we do.


  1. I would be interested in learning about early American women, the early colonists, the pioneers. Or Native American women. How they persevered in the face of hardships. I think it was just as important for these women to make something of their lives, even within the confines of traditional patriarchy, as more modern women. Even if "making something" of themselves was simply pure survival.

    As for "feminism," it is what you define it to be. I define it as pro-woman, much in the spirit as you've described. Doesn't have to be anti-man, doesn't have to be some list of beliefs that everyone agrees to. To me, it's simply a recognition of the worth and greatness of women as people, which frankly only has to be emphasized because it has been so de-emphasized in cultures, past and present. I'm a "feminist" because I learned early on this worth and greatness and didn't allow the attitudes of others to change it. Good upbringing, I suppose.


  2. This is such a great idea for a site. Learning our history is an important step in understanding just how far women have come and how hard some faught to get us where we are today! I can't wait til you post more! My family came to America from Ireland and was purchased as house slaves working as cooks, maids, etc. Thanks for the great info! Can't wait for more!