Women in the Wild West were resourceful women that dealt with the harsh conditions of their time, the lawlessness, and living with very few amenities. Women of the Wild West was not like many movies and book portray them to be; they were not helpless, weak, or incapable to think for themselves. On the contrary they were women that raised children, establishd churches and schools, warded off Indian attacks, and many also participated in the voting rights for women. Women of the West was main contributors to their families and communities and this essay will discuss two of them, Eliza Snow and Calamity Jane.
When I think about women of the Wild West I think about the women that broke the mold so to speak on how a woman should act. I like to think about women like Bridget “Biddy” Mason who was born a slave and was able to stare adversity in the face and come out swinging. Bridget Mason started a shelter out of her own home for stranded ex- slaves and travelers in need. Her philosephy was “If you hold your hand closed, nothing good can come in. But the open hand is blessed, for it gives in abundance, even as it receives.’’ Bridge Mason is well known for her work to strengthen the black community and the first African Methodist Episcopal Church was founded in her living room. Bridget “Biddy” Mason was a women that not only broke the mold of stereotypical women she shattered it.
Eliza Snow was another woman who paved the way for American women today. Eliza encouraged women to start social centers and to open stores to sell their home made products such as milk, butter, yarn, and clothing. She is also famous for helping woman attend medical schools and under her influence she encouraged women to write for local newspapers and later Eliza and a group of women was able to start their own newspaper.(Furbee) Eliza’s philosophy is “If we put our minds to it, there is no limit to what we can accomplish.” (Furbee) Eliza’s philosophy was one that she not only preached but one that she lived by before passing in 1887 she founded a hospital and wrote nine books. Eliza Snow was a woman that didn’t let anyone or anything get in her way!
Have you ever heard the of term “bloomers?’’ I have heard people talk about bloomers for as long as I can remember but until recently had no idea that there was a person behind the term let alone a woman from the 18th century. Amelia Bloomer is actually the woman that made bloomers popular, before the bloomer trend was started woman were wearing very uncomfortable garments that had voluminous trailing skirts that picked up lots of dirt from the streets, a minimum of six full petticoats, and tightly laced whalebone corsets. The entire outfit weighed anywhere between twelve to fifteen pounds and as you can imagine this made even the simplest tasks defficult. Amelia didn’t design the outfit she did however make it popular from the publicity it received in her newspaper the Lily. (Bloomer xi) Amelia Bloomer was not only famous for...