New York City: a tall building engulfed in flames, trapped workers on the upper floors leaping to their deaths. 9-11? No, 1911. It was the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, one of the most devastating disasters in American history. And it happened 100 years ago today.
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory was [...]
If she were a man, Mercy Otis Warren (1728-1814) would almost certainly be remembered as one of our nation’s most influential Founders. Called the “Conscience of the American Revolution” as well as the “Mother of the Bill of Rights,” she was an intellectual powerhouse whose sheer genius compelled respect. John Adams remarked that [...]
Before cotton, there was indigo. The source of South Carolina’s wealth and a mainstay of the American colonial economy before the Revolution, the indigo industry was the brainchild of Eliza Lucas Pinckney (1722-1793). She was one of the greatest agricultural innovators of colonial America.
The daughter of a British officer in the [...]
Anne Hutchinson (c. 1591-1643) was at the center of the first great theological crisis in Puritan New England: the Antinomian Controversy. A brilliant and outspoken woman who refused to bow to male supremacy, Hutchinson challenged the tyrannical Puritan government and championed freedom of conscience. She has been called the first feminist in [...]
Pocahontas (c. 1596-1617) stands at the beginning of written Anglo-American history. She welcomed the English to Jamestown, acted as peacemaker between her tribe and the newcomers, married one of the colonists, and even represented her people in England. But who was she really?
Thanks to Disney, most people think of Pocahontas as a [...]
March is Women’s History Month, and here on the EVE blog we’ll be celebrating with posts about famous and not-so-famous women in history. But I’d like to start off with a nod to a group of very important women whose names we’ll never know, but to whom we owe everything: the foremothers who [...]