In colonial America, hard work proved a constant for most women—some ensured their family's survival through their skills, while others sold their labor or lived in bondage as indentured servants or slaves. Yet even in a world defined entirely by men, a world where few thought it important to record a female's thoughts, women found ways to step forth. Elizabeth Ashbridge survived an abusive indenture to become a Quaker preacher. Anne Bradstreet penned her poems while raising eight children in the wilderness. Anne Hutchinson went toe-to-toe with Puritan authorities. Margaret Hardenbroeck Philipse built a trade empire in New Amsterdam. And Eve, a Virginia slave, twice ran away to freedom.
Using a host of primary sources, author Brandon Marie Miller recounts the roles, hardships, and daily lives of Native American, European, and African women in the 17th and 18th centuries. With strength, courage, resilience, and resourcefulness, these women and many others played a vital role in the mosaic of life in the North American colonies.
About the Author
Brandon Marie Miller is the author of Benjamin Franklin, American Genius, George Washington for Kids, and Women of the Frontier. She has received a dozen national awards for her writing.
“A valuable and entertaining resource for both budding historians and those seeking biographical information on a few of the many nearly forgotten women of that time.” —Kirkus Reviews
“[Author Brandon Marie] Miller maintains a balance between objective historical accounts and personal biographies.” —Publishers Weekly
"A strong option for those looking for more materials on women's contributions to American history." —School Library Journal
“The biographies in this book offer an in-depth look at the roles, hardships, and daily lives of women in Colonial America.” —Learning
"A worthy addition to women's history shelves." —VOYA
“Readers of all ages will find these meticulously researched biographical profiles fascinating and inspirational.” —The Midwest Book Review
“This book acquaints readers with primary source documents alongside research materials and reference documents, giving readers a complete picture of women who dared and made a difference.” —School Library Connection