Lowell Mill Girl: A Life of Personal Responsibility

When does having a sense of group consciousness stand in the way of personal responsibility and self-actualization? “Harriet called the mill her “Alma Mater,” and felt that its “incentive to labor” and the discipline of the work were of great value. “We were taught daily habits of regularity and of industry; it was, in fact,…

And You Thought Women Couldn’t Build Bridges: Emily Warren Roebling

  Here’s a happy story for a change: During the Civil War Emily went to visit her brother then commanding the 5th Army Corps at his headquarters and fell madly in love with Washington Roebling, the son of John A. Roebling who designed the as yet to be built Brooklyn Bridge. Washington obviously felt the…

An Ideal Woman and Why We Hate Her

“. . . she carried out her duties as mistress of a small family with ‘piety, patience, frugality and industry’. Moreover, ‘… her ardent and unceasing flow of spirits, extreme activity and diligence, her punctuality, uprightness and remarkable frugality, combined with a firm reliance on God … carried her through the severest times of pressure,…

She’s a Little Young, Isn’t She? 19th Century Age of Consent

What do you do when two characters have a tiny talk in the second book of your series at a disastrous Christmas dinner and you suddenly realize that at some future date they will be married and one of them is a bit young? How young? Well, here’s what happened: Once I realized the girl…