Women Helped Tame The West
They weren’t extraordinary women, but they became extraordinary by their deeds in helping to conquer and settle new territory. They were women of the western frontier. They did it by bringing determination and respectability to an area that had none before and creating a home in the midst of nothing. They did it by stepping outside their comfort zone, and learning to shoot, ride horses and “make do,” without the comforts they were used to “back east.” These were the pioneer women who came before us and settled the western frontier. Their stories are many and well worth reading
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Women Were Also Pioneers
When we think of pioneers who settled and tamed the west, we often think of the men who moved in, found ways to support their families, and carved out a new way of life. But if those men were pioneers, so were their women who moved and worked alongside them. These women were tough, determined and strong, who bore the hardships the western frontier imposed and survived. They had the mettle and endurance to do what needed to be done to make a home in the west. Without these women, the west may never have been “won.”
This Pioneer Woman Statue, shown above, is located in Ponca City, Oklahoma at the Pioneer Woman Museum. The plaque placed on it reads:
“This monument was erected by E. W. Marland in appreciation of the heroic character of the woman who braved the dangers and endured the hardships incident to the daily life of the pioneer and homesteader in this country.”— Patrick J. Hurley, as part of his written speech for the dedication of the statue made this statement:
“Woman has never been given her just place in history as a pioneer, an educator, a builder, or as a leader. This is probably due to the fact that most of the pages of history are written by men about men.
Historians have been so busy with the lives of great sons that they have not stopped to immortalize the mothers who produced them. The characters of men are molded by women.”
Stories From and About Pioneer Women
Some of them were just youths when they came to the area as new brides, and they had to learn on their own how to live in a hostile place. They put up with loneliness, fear and a lack of amenities. They birthed their children, often without any help, and they persevered through it all. Their stories are burned into our history, but not as often told as those of the men who settled the west.
I have read and highly recommend this book if you like reading about how the settlers moved across our nation, and made a new life without the niceties of life back east. It goes into detail about their daily lives and their hardships. These are the women who had the courage to enter the unknown realm of the west and who helped to prepare it for those to come after them.