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Did Western women experience the same freedoms and adventures as their male counterparts? With the advent of European contact, Spanish and Mexican and indigenous women lived in—and came from—all directions. In the years after the Civil War, those women found plenty of opportunities in the West that were not available in the East: everything from the right to vote to equal pay for women teachers to more liberal divorce laws.
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Is the West still a land of opportunity for women?
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Conversely, Spanish-Mexican women retained control of their land after marriage and held one-half interest in the community property they shared with their spouses. As I tell my students, imagine you are Sexy grannies in Durham woman on the Illinois prairie, the only child of a prosperous farmer. Your parents die, and you inherit the family homestead.
You marry, raise crops, and rear several children. But if your husband has a mind to sell the farm and travel west, you cannot stop the sale, and up on the buckboard you go.
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So you might not end up on that buckboard after all. There were numerous landed women of note in the West. Rodeo Drive takes its name from Rancho Rodeo. After the U. In a frontier environment, they utilized the legal system to their advantage as women unafraid to exert their own authority.
Writerly inspiration — Cathryn Halverson The West gave women special opportunities as authors. They shaped that material into letters, journals, sketches, essays, and stories for eastern magazines and presses—and received popular acclaim. For readers outside the West, the settings these women described were exotic: California gold camps and desert outposts, northwestern logging and mining communities, Rocky Mountain and Great Plains homeste.
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For Chinese women who immigrated during the lateth century to work in the laundries, saloons, and grimy inns of mining camps scattered throughout California and the Rocky Mountain interior, the West was not west at all but rather east, and it was often not a voyage of choice. Even though slavery had been outlawed after the Civil War, the isolation of these camps—in places like Warrens, Idaho—meant that slavery existed in fact if not in law.
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For example, Margaret Chung, the subject of a biography I wrote, became the first American-born Chinese female physician. However, Margaret found religious and educational allies to obtain a medical education.
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The opportunity to learn from one another — Jane Simonsen The American West presented opportunities for some 19th-century Anglo-American women to cultivate a stronger sense of authority by positioning their domestic work as part of nation-building.
Middle-class white women reformers interested in promoting Native American assimilation, for example, worked to define the well-kept single-family home—and the woman at its center—as a key marker of civilization. Yet working among Native Americans in western locations, from the Nez Perce in northern Idaho to the Cahuilla of Southern California, gave these women the opportunity to measure themselves against their indigenous counterparts—and at least some found their own civilization lacking.
For their part, indigenous women took advantage of new resources on their reservations when they could, and were cannily selective in what they chose to adopt of the lessons and models of conduct offered by Anglo Businessman seeking sugarbabe.
The reservation system, land allotment, and reform movements disrupted many social ties and work patterns. Still, resourceful indigenous women sought opportunities to earn seasonal Horney women Bussy-Saint-Georges, own property, and provide health care to their families.
By maintaining some familiar forms of work, such as farming, foraging, and needlework, women helped to mitigate new economic realities on the reservation. Remaining at the margins of the new economy, indigenous women used new trade opportunities to maintain some of the very systems that reformers had hoped to destroy.
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Within the new racial and social order established by Americans after the Mexican American war, Victoria Bartolomea Comicrabit was an Indian, but what 19th-century Americans failed to recognize was that this woman had survived two colonization efforts and lived a uniquely Californian life. As a property owner and hispanicized woman, Victoria interacted and was socially accepted by the other local elite Californio families.
When her husband died, she inherited all the lands granted to the couple. If she had remained a widow, Victoria would have continued to work her Adult Syracuse mature aldean concert, take care of her four children, and be a respected member of her community.
This article was written for Zocalo Public Square.