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Women in History

feature stories in honor of Women’s History Month

National Women's History Month's roots go back to March 8, 1857, when women from New York City factories staged a protest over working conditions. International Women's Day was first observed in 1909, but it wasn't until 1981 that Congress established National Women's History Week to be commemorated the second week of March. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month. Every year since, Congress has passed a resolution for Women's History Month, and the President has issued a proclamation.


Rachel Jackson

Wife of President Andrew Jackson - 7th President of the United States

Her epitaph, written by her husband read ""Here lie the remains of Mrs. Rachel Jackson, wife of President Jackson, who died December 22nd 1828, aged 61. Her face was fair, her person pleasing, her temper amiable, and her heart kind. She delighted in relieving the wants of her fellow-creatures, and cultivated that divine pleasure by the most liberal and unpretending methods. To the poor she was a benefactress; to the rich she was an example; to the wretched a comforter; to the prosperous an ornament. Her pity went hand in hand with her benevolence; and she thanked her Creator for being able to do good. A being so gentle and so virtuous, slander might wound but could not dishonor. Even death, when he tore her from the arms of her husband, could but transplant her to the bosom of her God."

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Scalped - The Story of Peggy Chenoweth

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We begin our series of articles on for Women’s History Month with the story of Peggy Chenoweth. Scalped in the spring house on her family’s property near Middletown, Kentucky in 1789 the Indians left Mrs. Chenoweth for dead. Instead she recovered and lived well into her 80’s. Read more......

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Featured Articles About Women in History

The Women of Bryan Station

In 1782 Indians were preparing to attack Bryan Station, a pioneer fort near present day Lexington, Kentucky. The settlers of the station were aware of the Indian presence outside their fort. They also knew it would be necessary to have a good water supply inside when the Indians began the attack. Any change in their daily routine would give up the advantage they had in being aware of the menace outside the walls. So the women of the station proceeded as normal to walk outside the station walls, obtain water from the spring and carry it back inside. This they did under the eyes of almost 300 Indians. If the men had gone in their place, it would have alerted the Indians that their presence was suspected and the firing would have commenced immediately. Instead the women were able to supply the station with water and were back safely inside before the attack began.

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Frances Slocum: White Woman In A Native American Culture

By Helen E. McKinney



Jenny Wiley: Frontier Captive

By Kathy Cummings


March is Women’s History Month

By Jim Cummings

Pioneer Times/Graphic Enterprises is supporting the National Women’s History Month. Thousands of schools, communities and workplaces honor this celebration.

This celebration is designated by Joint Resolutions of the House and the Senate. It has also been designated by six American presidents and is an opportunity to honor and celebrate women’s historic achievements.


We at Pioneer Times have always taken an active roll in supporting Women in History. We currently have DVD projects on first person presentations of Mad Anne Bailey, who was a hunter, scout and messenger on the Virginia frontier in the late 1700’s. Her story is presented by Suzanne Larner Dennis. Maggie Delaney, Indentured Servant is a composite character created and portrayed by Carol Jarboe who has done extensive research into indentured servitude.

In addition we showcased Melanie Kuntz during her first person portrayals of Anne McGinty and Esther Whitley. Tamla Boone also appeared on our front page as Polly Strong and her fight for freedom in the Indiana Supreme Court in 1820. Mandy Dick portrays Lucy Clark Croghan at Locust Grove and also other historic characters. Fort Boonesborough’s Annual Women on the Frontier has always been an event we are involved in.

Seasoned re-enactors like Kristi Heasley and Pam Eddy appear many times both as portrayers of history and promoters of events. Heasley, annually sponsors a spring trek to Marble Creek - a land once owned by Daniel Boone. Eddy, in addition to working for The National Park Service at Cumberland Gap has started a ladies historic sewing and crafts guild entitled “The Goodwife Guild.”

Other Featured Articles on Women

Mercy Otis Warren: Female Chronicler of the Revolutionary War

By Helen E. McKinney


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Sybil Ludington

By Melanie Kuntz


Walking in Their Footsteps
The Story of Mary Ingles

By Kathy Cummings



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