Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, check out https://womenshistorymonth.gov, 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 (https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/greytowers/aboutgreytowers/history/?cid=stelprd3824418 : 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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