History of Women
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History of Women

Wearing Pants, Practicing Medicine, and Earning Medals as a Woman in the 1800's

Mary Edwards Walker was a gender-bending trailblazer

Photo of Mary Edwards Walker seated in a chair wearing a suit and medal of honor

Wearing a top hat and a suit was so unusual for a woman in the late 19th -early 20th century you might get arrested. Being a decorated military surgeon was even more surprising. Mary Edwards Walker did both. She was a non-conformist in a time…



If history was a Hollywood movie, the editing room floor would be littered with the stories of women clipped to make room for men’s stories. We are here to tell those stories.

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Mary DeVries

The older I get, the less I know. That won’t stop me from writing about everything and anything under the sun. Join me in delighting and despairing about life.