March is Women’s History Month. I wrote last year about some of the women who I find most interesting in history. Here are a few more interesting women of history that you may or may not know about.
If you’re a woman reading this wearing pants or an outfit put together with separates, you have Claire McCardell to thank. This 20th century fashion designer revolutionized the way women dress and even the way we shop. I think her designs are timeless, classic pieces that become staples in a wardrobe. Her work is in many museum collections because of its importance to fashion, cultural, and social history.
Julia Child is one of the most amazing people to me, mostly because she didn’t find her passion of food and cooking until she was in her 30s. As a person who is sort of in the middle of a career question mark ( not calling it a crisis, but definitely a transitional period of career and life), this is endlessly inspiring to me. That and her TV show was something I watched as a child that made me laugh, even if I had no idea what she was doing.
A member of the Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Hutchinson was excommunicated from the group and made her way to more accepting and tolerant Rhode Island, where she would become one of the founders of Portsmouth, RI. She challenged the authority of the leaders and minister of the Puritans and was a leading figure in religious freedom and expression.
My senior project in college was working on a small capstone project that included a research project and exhibit on a friend’s aunt who was a nurse in the Army Nurse Corps and later the Navy Nurse Corps. This woman had an incredibly interesting life story, but as I learned more about the nurses involved in World War II, I was captivated and amazed by their stories. If ever I have the time to research and write again, I would most certainly explore this area more.