The Uppity Women in History

Series produced by Guy Rathbun

Caption: Vicki Leon
Vicki Leon 

The Uppity Women in History is a 31 part series in celebration of Women's History Month. Author Vicki Leon highlights the best of her previous releases focusing not on legendary goddesses, but on real women.

In Leon’s Uppity Women series, you’ll find a few familiar names. But most of them are lesser known. These vignettes are a sampling of what you’ll find in her work. In this case, though, these women are tied to specific days in March.


31 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Rebecca Lukens
Rebecca Lukens (March 31, 1825): An American businesswoman. She was the owner and manager of the iron and steel mill that became the Lukens Steel C...

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2013
  • Length: 01:59
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Caption: Georgiana Molloy
Georgiana Molloy (March 30, 1830): An early settler in Western Australia, who is remembered as one of the first botanical collectors in the colony...

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2013
  • Length: 01:59
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Caption: Eunice Williams
Eunice Williams (March 29, 1713): An English colonist taken captive by French and Mohawk warriors as a seven-year-old girl from in 1704. Taken to ...

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2013
  • Length: 01:59
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Caption: Bridget Biddy Mason
Bridget Biddy Mason (March 27, 1988): Biddy Mason was born a slave in 1818, She was given to Robert Smith and his bride as a wedding present. Brid...

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  • Length: 01:59
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Caption: Elleanor Eldrige
Elleanor Eldridge (March 26, 1784): In her Memoirs (1838), Elleanor claims that it was her grandfather who was captured, along with his family, i...

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Caption: Micaela Bastidas
Maria Esquivel and Micaela Bastidas (March 25, 1781): These two women played an important part in the Inca revolt against the Spanish invaders. Al...

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Caption: Deborah Sampson
Deborah Sampson (March 24, 1802): An American woman who disguised herself as a man in order to serve in the Continental Army during the American Re...

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Caption: Ann Green
Ann Green (March 23, 1775) Known as “printer to the Province” of Maryland. She was employed in Philadelphia with Benjamin Franklin & Andrew Bradfor...

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Caption: Mary Prince
Mary Prince (March 22, 1831): A Bermudian woman, born into slavery. Her autobiography, The History of Mary Prince (1831), was the first account of...

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Caption: Pocahontas
Pocahontas (March 21, 1617): Later known as Rebecca Rolfe, was a Virginia Indian notable for her association with the colonial Jamestown, Virginia...

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Caption: Mary Anne Talbot
Mary Anne Talbot (March 20, 1792): An Englishwoman who wore male dress and became a sailor during the Napoleonic Wars. While a cabin boy aboard a...

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Caption: Anne Drysdale
Anne Drysdale And Caroline Newcombe (March 19, 1840) The two women were squatters. They established a successful sheep farm at a time when women ra...

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Caption: Catalina de Erauso
Catalina de Erauso (March 18, 1600): After leaving nun’s convent, Catalina dressed as a man, and left on a long journey from San Sebastian to Vall...

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Caption: Grace Sherwood
Grace Sherwood (March 28, 1705): She was tried and convicted of witchcraft in the Princess Anne County court of the U.S. state of Virginia in 1705...

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Caption: Sally Hemings
Sally Hemings (March 17, 1826): Born in Virginia around 1773, Sally Hemings was a slave owned by U.S. President Thomas Jefferson. After his wife's...

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Caption: Mary Short
Mercy Short (March 16, 1693): This 15-year-old, orphaned servant girl, is one of the most puzzling and intriguing figures to emerge from the witch...

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Caption: Hannah Duston
Hannah Duston (March 15, 1697): A 40-year-old colonial Massachusetts Puritan mother of 12 who was taken captive by Native American’s with her newbo...

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Caption: Vicki Leon
Esther Abrahams Johnston (March 14, 1802): Abrahams was tried in London in 1786 for stealing lace valued at 50 shillings. Esther was found guilty o...

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Caption: 1800s Whaling Ship
Martha Turnstall Smith (March 13, 1707): She used her inheritance as the widow of a wealthy landowner to establish a successful whaling business. S...

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Caption: Jane Colden's drawing
Jane Colden (March 12, 1759): An American botanist described as the "first botanist of her sex in her country.” Contemporary scholarship maintain...

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2013
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