In an article written by April White and featured in Smithsonian magazine, each of nine notable women is named in the scool instruction guidelines of just one state. Here are the first four:
Josephine Pearson • Tennessee
Lizzie Johnson • Texas
The “Cattle Queen of Texas” found success among the cowboys in the 1870s. She owned a ranch, registered her own brand and drove her longhorns along the Chisholm Trail.
Credit: Hays County Museum
Biddy Mason • California
After suing for her freedom from slavery at the age 38, Mason worked as a nurse, invested in land in the growing city of Los Angeles and became a millionaire philanthropist.
Marie Webster • Indiana
The Martha Stewart of the early-20th century, Marie Webster turned quilting into a thriving business. Her books and Arts and Crafts-inspired quilt patterns made her a household name.
Credit: The Quilters Hall of Fame
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Here is a direct link to the complete article.
Anna White is an editorial intern with Smithsonian Magazine. She was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, and will graduate from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism in March 2019.