Some of these include Elizabeth Hickok Robbins Stone who helped pioneer parts of the West. She is responsible for helping run a boarding house in Colorado, and was not only the first white woman, but also the only woman in what was known as Camp Collins in an untamed part of the country for a whole year.
Another woman of notoriety was Louisa May Alcott who I largely associate with being an author. She also was a Civil War nurse, teacher and seamstress! Others include Martha McFarlane McGee Bell, significant in collecting information during the American Revolution and Elizabeth Blackwell, the first American woman to obtain a medical doctor degree and later co-founded a Woman’s Medical College in 1868. Emma Willard taught her young female students Math and Science, unheard of for the time period, and educated hundreds of future teachers. And one would be remiss if failing to mention Laura Ingalls Wilder. Her stories are beloved for young (and older) audiences even today! Research would reveal plenty of others.
My point is, pioneering woman have been around for hundreds of years. They, like their famous male counterparts had ideas, dreams, desires, determination and an adventurous spirit that pushed them beyond what others were sure they could be!
Many of us graduate high school, then move on to college with every intent on educating ourselves to become the best we can be in the field of our choice. Years ago, it was more than going to college that drove people (particularly women) into a chosen field, it was sheer determination, and going against the grain. Women for many years were expected to marry, have children and forever be the loyal homemaker!
Do you ever wonder if you could have been a pioneer woman? While crossing the country in a covered wagon would have been incredibly intimidating, I suspect it was also invigorating! So what do you think it would have taken to be a pioneer woman? Some characteristics must have been grit, determination, passion, adventurous, curious, level headed, unafraid, self-confidence and others!
We don’t live in a time where crossing the America’s is practical or necessary, in a covered wagon. But it still takes grit and dedication to be daily productive, and become the wonderful person you were meant to become. The first American Pioneer women were living their lives, likely without any intent of become well known. They were using their God-given gifts and ability to make their world, and ours, better. Can we do any less?
Being an “amazing pioneer woman” doesn’t mean we have to set out to discover or create some great scientific phenomenon. Nor do we need to set our minds on “changing” the world. It’s about being real, helping others without the desire to become rich and famous. It about taking care of the needs around you, helping a neighbor, your community, teaching others genuine truths, loving unconditionally, and living what is right.
What legacy do you leave? What will people around you say you left behind? Will it be the money left in the bank, your big house or fancy car? Or will people remember the kindness you showed, the time you gave to help teach the children about right and wrong, volunteering at the homeless shelter, giving financial relief to the needy and being a positive role model? It's your life to live....but what you do now, will be the legacy you leave behind.