Jane Peterson, American Impressionist

By | January 14th, 2017|Categories: Edwardian Era, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , |

Jane Peterson was a centennial baby. She was born on November 28, 1876, in Elgin, Illinois. Her parents were an Elgin Watch Company employee and a homemaker. They named her Jennie Christine. Little did they know that their baby would grow up to be considered one of the most prolific and brilliant impressionist painters of [...]

Ada Lovelace; Lord Byron’s Daughter, the Mathematician

By | December 30th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , |

Augusta Ada Byron was born on December 10, 1815. She is the only legitimate offspring of the poet, George, Lord Byron and his wife, Anne Isabella (“Annabella”) Milbanke, Lady Wentworth. According to 10 Things You May Not Know about Ada Lovelace, the first words her father to his infant daughter were, “Oh! What an implement [...]

Beyond Little Women; 8 Tidbits about Louisa May Alcott

By | November 29th, 2016|Categories: Civil War, Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

November 29, 2016 marks Louisa May Alcott’s 184th birthday (1832). Today, she is best remembered for her book, Little Women. Here are some interesting tidbits you might not have known. Louisa May Alcott started publishing poems, short stories, thrillers, and juvenile tales in 1851 under the pen name Flora Fairfield. She also wrote under the [...]

Victoria Woodhull; First Woman to Run for President of the United States

By | November 21st, 2016|Categories: Civil War, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Victoria Claflin Woodhull was born on September 23, 1838, the seventh of 10 children born to Roxanna ‘Roxy’ Hummel Claflin and Reuben ‘Old Buck’ Buckman Claflin. Her mother was illegitimate and illiterate. Her father was a con man and snake oil salesman. The family lived in rural Homer, Licking County, Ohio. Life was not easy [...]

Women in the Civil War

By | November 15th, 2016|Categories: Civil War, Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , |

Nothing challenged Victorian ideology in the United States more than the Civil War. Women living during Antebellum America were the epitome of domesticity. The industrial revolution changed the way men worked. Men increasingly spent their work time away from home, moving into factories, offices, and shops. In what historians call ‘the Cult of True Womanhood,’ [...]

Sarah Josepha Hale – 19th Century Influencer Part 2

By | November 8th, 2016|Categories: Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , |

Sarah Josepha Hale – Poet, Novelist, Editor Within five years of David's death, Sarah published a novel, Northwood. In the novel, she describes the character and manners of New Englanders. One of the traditions she described in her book is very familiar to Americans. Baker shares Sarah's words with us. ”The table, covered with a [...]

Sarah Josepha Hale – 19th Century Influencer Part 1

By | November 5th, 2016|Categories: Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , |

Becoming Sarah Josepha Hale I was researching Godey's Lady's Book for a blog post and found Sarah Josepha Hale who was a large part of the success of this 19th-century publication. She also advocated for girls' education reform (although she was not a suffragist) and the establishment of Thanksgiving as a national holiday through her [...]

Lucy Brand, First Woman to Vote in New York

By | October 25th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , |

The year 1880 was an historic one for women in New York. At the end of the previous year, women didn’t have the right to vote in any election but were able to wield their influence nonetheless. In the Eleventh senatorial district, Miss Susan A. King gave time and money to the cause of electing [...]

Sarah Winchester, Still the Talk of the Town

By | October 15th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Sarah Pardee, The Belle of New Haven Sarah Lockwood Pardee was the fifth of seven children born to Leonard Pardee and Sarah Burns. There are no records to confirm when she was born, but it is estimated to have been between 1835 and 1845. Her family was part of the upper middle class in New [...]