Women on the Civil War home front spent the war years occupied with matters outside the boundaries of what was then considered “women’s work”.
Although Ohio elected a woman to its supreme court in 1922, it was not until 1995 that Indiana would see a woman sitting on its highest state court.
The founders of the Women's Improvement Club navigated a strictly segregated society to save countless lives during the TB epidemic a century ago.
Gougar was converted to the cause of women's suffrage by the issue of domestic violence, which she hoped to be able to "vote away".
In 1984, Virginia Dill McCarty became the first Hoosier woman to run for governor.But it was not Virginia Dill McCarty’s first “first.”
The crowd petitioning the legislature for women’s rights was ridiculed in the press as a “field of crinoline” and a “surging mass of pantaloons.”
Before taking to the skies, Blanche Stuart Scott was renowned as the first woman to drive an automobile from coast to coast.
A feminist who eventually opposed the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, Mary Ritter Beard was nonetheless a pioneering scholar and proponent of women’s history. The texts she co-authored with her husband, not to mention fifteen titles of her own, made significant strides in incorporating cultural, social and economic trends into the popular interpretation of American history.