There have always been strong, competent women. Here are some American ones.
[Ambrotype: Inscription on paper in case: Lucretia E. aged 2[?] Crossett, Louisa E. aged 18 yr. 8 m.[?] in Lawrence, Massachusetts by Alfred Hall. 1859. Source: Liljenquist Family collection, Library of Congress]
[Sojourner Truth, Eastern District, Michigan, 1864.
Source:The Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana, Washington, D.C.]
[These daughters of ranchman Joseph M. Chrisman took homesteads, timber claims, and preemption claims in the Goheen Settlement. Pictured from left to right are: Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, Ruth on Lieban (Lillian) Creek, Custer County, Nebraska, 1886.
Source: Nebraska State Historical Society]
[Women electric welders at Hog Island shipyard, ca1918. The first women to be engaged in actual ship construction in the US.
Source: Library of Congress]
[First WAVES Machine Gun Instructors. Sp (G) 3/c Florence Johnson and Sp (G) 3/c Rosamund Small, the first WAVES [Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service] to qualify as instructor on electrically operated 50-caliber machine gun turrets, walk to the target range, Naval Air Gunners School, Hollywood, Florida., 04/11/1944. Source: Library of Congress]
[Traditional Navajo weaver, Arizona - 1953, from my personal collection]
[Bernice E. Grenfell Currey, Encanto, from my personal collection]
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