Brev. Brig. Gen'l
- Feb 14, 2012
- Central Pennsylvania
" Lady Columbia " was originally symbolic of all of us, North and South. Based on Greek and Roman warrior goddesses with a good dose of belligerence thrown in, she stayed ' North ' in 1861 albeit was given no choice in the matter. Still, a kinda awesome symbol- women were as influential in the war as any warrior goddess could wish.
No worries. North and South created warrior sisters, the family feud obvious in this Harper's cartoon. Point being to forget all that and remark our remarkably influential sisters anyway.
The recent poll on History's most influential women resulted in discussions on women from all over the place, geographically, professionally, sociologically and where they are marked in Time. It's an awesome list, Madame Curie having ' won ' top place.
Because polls tend to confine your choice to a list, would rather not create one. We can claim so many shining stars both famous and not at all well known in 2018, it would be silly, not recognizing someone just because they're number #11. Like to ask for names, please and why. Bios not necessary, cool if anyone wishes to include links to threads already here ( if we have one )
Influential, meaning had an impact on the war- influenced some area or areas in a way remarkable in any era. Please, may we not become stuck in those North v. South side alleys, ridicule someone's choices or make negative commentary about our ladies? Asking for opinions- if a member mentions one woman, please no one be offended someone else was not? It's comprehensive.
Mine grows nearly daily. Only two on purpose, to leave as many spots open as possible.
Clara Barton. The Red Cross! Beyond Barton's war work, her legacy is staggeringly wonderful. Clara just showed up for us- Andersonville, The Missing Soldier's Bureau, The Sanitary Commission- her influence on the war was so overwhelming I'm not sure we can calculate it. How??
Harriet Jacobs. Her 1862 book, a flesh and blood follow up, as it were to Beecher-Stowe's, pulled the covers off any small idea the North had that enslavement of humans was something in fuzzy, far-off lands, nothing to do with them. Brave? Good grief. Not only did Jacobs survive ordeals a novelist would flinch at asking readers to swallow as fiction, she permitted the world to see her deepest, most awful tragedies as a black woman. For the benefit of her fellow human beings, and I mean all of us.
Who else, please?