The Uppity Women in History

Series produced by Guy Rathbun

Caption: Vicki Leon
Vicki Leon 

The Uppity Women in History is a 31 part series in celebration of Women's History Month. Author Vicki Leon highlights the best of her previous releases focusing not on legendary goddesses, but on real women.

In Leon’s Uppity Women series, you’ll find a few familiar names. But most of them are lesser known. These vignettes are a sampling of what you’ll find in her work. In this case, though, these women are tied to specific days in March.


31 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Tituba
Tituba (March 1, 1692): A 17th-century slave. She is one of the first to be accused of practicing witchcraft during the Salem Witch trials in 1692.

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  • Added: Feb 02, 2013
  • Length: 01:59
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Elizabeth Veale Macarthur
Elizabeth Veale Macarthur (March 2, 1795): Perhaps one of the greatest figures of Australia’s history. Her husband is known as “the father of Aust...

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  • Added: Feb 02, 2013
  • Length: 01:59
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Sarah Kemple Knight
Sarah Kemple Knight (March 3, 1705): Since its publication in 1825, Knight's journal, composed as an account of her round trip journey from Boston ...

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  • Added: Feb 02, 2013
  • Length: 01:59
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Mary Rowlandson
Wetamo and Mary Rowlandson (March 4, 1676): Mary, a Puritan minister's wife, was captured during the war in an Indian raid on Lancaster, Massachuse...

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2013
  • Length: 01:59
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Abigail Stoneman
Abigail Stoneman (March 5, 1770): Newport Rhode Island's first woman Inn owner and a remarkably ambitious and versatile business person for her day...

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2013
  • Length: 01:59
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Caption: Pauline Leon
Pauline Leon (March 6, 1792): She addressed the National Assembly on behalf of Parisian women, suggesting that a female militia be formed so that ...

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2013
  • Length: 01:59
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Marie Dorion
Marie Dorion (March 7, 1814): the only female member of the Astor Expedition, also known as the Wilson Price Hunt Expedition. Dorion was a member ...

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2013
  • Length: 01:59
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Caption: Jeanne Baret
Jeanne Baret (March 8, 1769): a member of Louis Antoine de Bougainville’s expedition on the ships La Boudeuse and Etoile in 1766–1769. Baret is re...

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2013
  • Length: 01:59
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Caption: Maria Ann Smith
Maria Ann Smith (March 9, 1870): It’s called the “Granny Smith.” Maria noticed a seedling apple growing on her property. The seedling had developed...

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2013
  • Length: 01:59
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Caption: Elizabeth Coxen Gould
Elizabeth Coxen Gould (March 10, 1832): An accomplished artist when she married John Gould in 1829, Elizabeth was the chief artist and lithographer...

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2013
  • Length: 01:59
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Caption: Sacagawea
Sacagawea (March 11, 1805): From the Lemhi Shoshone tribe, Sacagawea has become an important part of the Lewis and Clark legend in the American pub...

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2013
  • Length: 01:59
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Caption: Jane Colden's drawing
Jane Colden (March 12, 1759): An American botanist described as the "first botanist of her sex in her country.” Contemporary scholarship maintain...

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2013
  • Length: 01:59
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Caption: 1800s Whaling Ship
Martha Turnstall Smith (March 13, 1707): She used her inheritance as the widow of a wealthy landowner to establish a successful whaling business. S...

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2013
  • Length: 01:59
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Caption: Vicki Leon
Esther Abrahams Johnston (March 14, 1802): Abrahams was tried in London in 1786 for stealing lace valued at 50 shillings. Esther was found guilty o...

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2013
  • Length: 01:59
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Caption: Hannah Duston
Hannah Duston (March 15, 1697): A 40-year-old colonial Massachusetts Puritan mother of 12 who was taken captive by Native American’s with her newbo...

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2013
  • Length: 01:59
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Caption: Mary Short
Mercy Short (March 16, 1693): This 15-year-old, orphaned servant girl, is one of the most puzzling and intriguing figures to emerge from the witch...

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2013
  • Length: 01:59
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Caption: Sally Hemings
Sally Hemings (March 17, 1826): Born in Virginia around 1773, Sally Hemings was a slave owned by U.S. President Thomas Jefferson. After his wife's...

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2013
  • Length: 01:59
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Caption: Grace Sherwood
Grace Sherwood (March 28, 1705): She was tried and convicted of witchcraft in the Princess Anne County court of the U.S. state of Virginia in 1705...

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2013
  • Length: 01:59
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Caption: Catalina de Erauso
Catalina de Erauso (March 18, 1600): After leaving nun’s convent, Catalina dressed as a man, and left on a long journey from San Sebastian to Vall...

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2013
  • Length: 01:59
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Caption: Anne Drysdale
Anne Drysdale And Caroline Newcombe (March 19, 1840) The two women were squatters. They established a successful sheep farm at a time when women ra...

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2013
  • Length: 01:59
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