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Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, check out, for various forms of media from the Library of Congress, the National Archives, Smithsonian, National Park Service and more.

Do you have a favorite female historical figure? One of mine is Cornelia “Leila” (Bryce) Pinchot. Born in 1881, she was the great-granddaughter of Peter Cooper, founder of Cooper Union, a free science and engineering college in New York City.[1] “She was a natural born rebel, Cornelia had spirit, drive...Theodore Roosevelt called her political mind one of the keenest he had ever known.”[2]

She married Gifford Pinchot in 1914.[3] The couple held a residence by the name of Grey Towers in Milford, Pennsylvania.[4] Cornelia supported women’s suffrage, birth control, education reform and spoke out against sweat shops and their child labor.[5] The list could go on and on. For more on Cornelia and her husband, the first chief of the USDA Forest Service and a Pennsylvanian Governor see the link below.

[1] “Cornelia Bryce Pinchot (1881-1960),” United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service ( : accessed 3 March 2021), para. 1.

[2] Ibid, para. 1.

[3] Ibid, para. 1.

[4] Ibid, para. 2.

[5] Ibid, para. 2.

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