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.