Seagraves discusses the accomplishments of ten women who made a difference in the settling of the American West. They came from a variety of backgrounds such as Jessie Fremont, the daughter of a noted Missouri Senator who became the devoted wife of John Charles Fremont, and Sarah Winnemucca, an Indian Princess who fought for the rights of her people.
Belle Starr exerted her roll as a freewheeling outlaw, cast her vote with a six-shooter while Abigail Scott Duniway fought for women's right to vote. Grace Carpenter Hudson made her mark with an artist's brush while Fanny Stenhouse and Eliza Young rebelled against polygamy. The state of Nevada has Jeanne Elizabeth Wier, a Stanford graduate, to thank for the forming of the Nevada State Historical Society. Helen Jane Stewart followed her husband from ranch to ranch until they bought a ranch in Nevada called Los Vegas. At age 30, and the mother of five children, Helen became a widow when her husband was murdered. She continued bravely and successfully to run their 2,000-acre ranch.
This report prepared by Mary Trotter Kion