Life By Kristen

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5 on Friday: Women in US History

In honor of women’s history month, a 5 on Friday filled with some interesting females, a favorite topic of mine!

Alice Ramsey- In 1909, she became the first woman to drive solo across the United States- it took her 59 days!


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Susanna Madora Salter: The first female mayor in the United States, elected in Argonia, Kansas, in 1887.


Beatrice Turner: An artist who never married so of course people think she is a recluse ( she wasn’t), but she did have some weird habits and eccentric behaviors. I only recently learned about this woman and am anxious to learn more.


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Sara Delano Roosevelt: Mother to FDR. The entire Roosevelt family is fascinating to me ( check out Ken Burns documentary on them), but FDR’s mother is quite an interesting character. FDR was certainly her prized child and she made Eleanor Roosevelt’s life quite difficult at times.



Patsy T. Mink: First woman of color and first Asian American woman in US Congress- and from Hawai’i! She was one of the main legislators responsible for the passage of Title IX in 1972.


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Women’s History Month

March is a favorite month not only because it begins with my birthday and ends with the arrival of springtime, but also because it’s women’s history month. Women’s history has long been one of my interest areas- I earned a certificate in Women in Leadership in undergrad at Franklin Pierce, and have done a lot of research both for personal interest and work on various notable females. Most of the memoirs/biographies I read are about/by women. I thought I’d take the opportunity to share a few historical gals who I’m fascinated by.

Elizabeth Blackwell

I think I first learned of Blackwell via an elementary school biography series of short stories and then did a lot of my own research on her from there. Blackwell was the first American woman to earn a medical degree from an American medical school.

Louisa May Alcott

As my blog subtitle suggests, I’m a huge fan of Little Women. My interest in Alcott was sparked from that book and learning she was from Concord, MA which also happens to be my place of birth. In junior high school I visited Orchard House for the first time and it is definitely one of the places that sparked my interest in historic houses/museums. The Alcott family fascinates me because of how progressive the whole clan was. There are a lot of books written on the family and Louisa in particular, of which I’ve only read a fraction, but they are high on the reading list.

Madeline Albright

I highly recommend her memoir Madam Secretary and also really enjoyed Read My Pins ( though I missed the exhibition!) Sure she’s the first secretary of state, but her life story is really interesting, as well as her diplomacy and thoughts on the world. Also, she’s on Twitter!

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