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Abigail Adams, second First Lady of the United States

Abigail Adams, second First Lady of the United States

For a few years I’ve wanted to do special posts for Women’s History Month, but I had never been able to get my act together enough for such an undertaking. Until now.

Posts on Mondays and Thursdays throughout the month will highlight women who should have a bigger place in our history books, from ancient warrior queens to little-known adventurers and explorers to scientists and mathematicians overshadowed by their male colleagues.

It goes without saying that many of these overlooked women are not saints, and often benefitted from systemic racism and/or white privilege to undertake what they did. My brief capsule introductions to these women generally won’t have room for real discussion of these complex issues and I highly encourage you to seek out more detailed information on these women to get the full picture. I will try to list or link to sources whenever I can.

Where did I come across these stories? Sometimes it was while researching for an editing gig, sometimes it was via the many history podcasts I listen to (Footnoting History, The History Chicks, and Stuff You Missed in History Class, among others), sometimes—quite often in fact—it was via Drunk History. I will link to these episodes in my posts when possible.

So, tune in tomorrow when we kick things off with some fierce flyers, including my beloved Bessie Coleman, who inspired this project.

Queen Zenobia Addressing Her Soldiers (1725) by Giambattista Tiepolo

Queen Zenobia Addressing Her Soldiers (1725) by Giambattista Tiepolo

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