Strong Women…Man's World

This is the online version of the physical display at ALLM. We have provided the images of the physical items referenced in the media file attached to this online exhibit. Imagine that you are a little girl in the 1820's - almost 200 years ago. You are as happy as little girls are today. If you are fortunate enough to be white, you have only two purposes in life - to marry well, and to bear as many children as possible. Your subconscious desire is to survive the birth of each of your children. Many, many women die in childbirth. If you are a little black slave girl, your ambition is to work in the big house, and avoid as many slaps or beatings as possible. Little girls are taught household chores by their mother or step-mother, and may be taught to read and write. If your family is relatively well-off, your education also includes dancing, singing, some geography, needlework, and the social graces. Wealthy girls are educated at home, and then in a private female academy, if their parents can afford one. Each of the seven women who are about to talk to you on the attached media file were born between 1814 and 1840. The cultural expectations of what they would do during their lives were set in stone. Yet, each one became famous during their lifetime, and a few actually changed the course of the Civil War.

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Strong Women…Man's World
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