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Molly Pitcher is a fabled figure said to have fought during the Revolutionary War. Women served in many capacities during the Revolution, doing everything from laundry to serving as armed and uniformed soldiers. The name “Molly Pitcher” is a…

This document shows a portrait of Mary Willing Byrd painted in the early 1770’s by artist Matthew Pratt. After placing three advertisements in the Virginia Gazette, William Byrd hired Pratt to paint a portrait of his second wife Mary Willing…

Maggie Lena Walker was an African American banker, business women and civic leader who overcame adversary and discriminating laws by becoming the first women, white or black, to establish and become the president of a bank in the United States.…

Maggie Lena Walker was an influential business and social leader in turn-of-the-century Richmond. Although later in life Walker would insist that she was born in 1867, notably the same year as the founding of the Independent Order of Saint Luke,…

Not everyone had the right to vote and participate in the development of laws. The Constitution stated that all men were created equal, but it left out the rights of women. In Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848, women declared that they too deserved the…

This World War II–era booklet is one in a series produced by the Kelvinator appliance company as part of a “wartime idea exchange for home economists [known today as a homemaker or stay at home parent].”  Kelvinator held a national contest for…

World War I required the marshalling of the resources of the United States as never before.  Industries that were geared to the production of automobiles, sewing machines, etc., were shifted to the production of war material-guns, new weapons such…

Throughout much of the nineteenth century, wealthy women's involvement in the public sphere often involved religious or charitable work. During an era when governments provided few social programs, Virginia’s women founded orphanages and schools…

During the twentieth century several southern states removed the poll tax as a prerequisite to voting. At the time of the passage of the Twenty-fourth Amendment to the Constitution in 1964, banning the poll tax as a qualification to vote in federal…

This document shows that in 1708, Ann Walker was granted permission by the government to attend the church of her choice -- the Church of England. Prior to this Ann had experienced issues with her husband George, who was not a member of the Church of…
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