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Women's history meme - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Women's history meme
From jiminyc

I debated not doing this, as I generally stay away from anything wrought by the modern women's movement, but you know what? There are plenty of women I admire. I think I've talked about my mom enough to establish that I admire her, but I'll skip her on the top five, because, well... you know. She's mom--no one had a bigger influence.

However, for the history part, I thought I'd go a bit further back.

1. Elizabeth I: She took a backward nation and made it a world power in a single lifetime, played the political game on men's turf and won, and had a brilliant era named after her. And hey, she's an INTJ, too. We are pleased. :)

2. Abigail Adams: Aside from spectacular taste in husbands, Abigail Adams was a bookworm of major proportions, a fairly successful "farmeress" (as she called herself), a great chronicler of her age, and a dyed-in-the-wool patriot. She and her lady friends made bullets in the kitchen fireplace. (Info obtained on the tour of the Adams historical site, which is a neat tour.)

3. Mary Jemison: The White Woman of the Genessee. She was captured in a raid during the French and Indian war and raised as a Seneca. When she had a chance to go back, she chose not to. She earned a place in the tribe, and earned the name "Little Woman of Great Courage" (I used to know it in Seneca, but I don't anymore).

4. Mary Shelley: You have to dig a chick a who writes about grave-robbing and reanimating dead tissue. You just have to. She created the iconic image; she definitely should get props for it.

5. Oh, okay. One familial one. My grandmother's grandmother, Caroline Millington. Late 1800s, she noticed that her husband managed the bar they owned badly, and she got him to sign ownership over to her. She managed it brilliantly, bought a bunch of rental houses, and leased them out to dockworkers and their wives. When she noticed that every rent day, the wives had to say, "My husband already spent his pay, and the baby needs new clothes and...!" she came up with a novel solution. On payday, she would go down to the docks, stop the men as they came out, and collect her rent... and, while she was at it, she gave them the list of all the things their wives needed, and saved that money aside for the wives as well. Then she let them go to her bar to spend the rest. I love it. (And, I should add, she didn't have very many midnight disappearances; there was no sudden financial angst, because she made sure it was the women who kept track of the household finances who actually controlled the money needed for them.) (I know, I know... I do believe that's called "feudalism" in practice. But you have to admit, for a little woman dealing with big dockworkers, it took yards of guts.)
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myf From: myf Date: March 14th, 2004 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
There needs to be more Caroline Millingtons in the world.

I have a publican for a great-great-(great?)-aunt, who ran a pub in Tasmania. She died at age 38 of cirrhosis of the liver. She used to keep the moonshine in long troughs, which she would hoist above the bar, and when she was already drunk and fancied some more she would fetch her shotgun, shoot a hole in the trough and lie underneath with her mouth open to catch the alcohol.

atropos87 From: atropos87 Date: March 15th, 2004 01:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
And hey, she's an INTJ too.

I knew there was a reason she was on my list :)
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