What Schools Teach About Women’s History Leaves a Lot to Be Desired

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

A leading voice against women’s suffrage a century ago, she said the responsibility of voting would be a burden for women and a threat to the Southern way of life.

Credit: findagrave.com

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.

Credit: Wikicommons

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.

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