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Lighting the Way – Historic Women of the South Coast tells the stories of commitment, determination and perseverance of women from a wide range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

“Women’s contributions have often been heard as whispers in history,” said Christina Bascom, the project’s designer. Spurred on by tales of a Petticoat Society, a group of women from throughout the community are bringing these stories to life on the SouthCoast. “We are unearthing remarkable stories of women’s personal callings that required grit, tenacity and enduring commitment to their families, community and country. These stories will inspire, motivate and inform generations to come.”

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Eliza Bierstadt
Shirley Bernice Cohen
Cornelia Grinnell
Caroline Leonard Goodenough
Ada Woolley Sullivan
Mabel Knipe
Mary B. H. Ransom
Sarah D. Ottiwell
Frances Eliot Gifford
Mary Hall Leonard
Deborah Weston
Sylvia Ann Howland Green Wilks
Ruby Devol Finch
Marial M. Harper
Louise E. Strongman
Geraldine Gomes
Loretta Bourque
Mary J. “Polly” Johnson
Helena de Kay Gilder
Rosalind Poll Brooker
Jane C. Waters
Mary Stanley
Alice Virginia Bradford Tobey Jones
Minna Littmann
Nora Ouimette Duprey
Eleanor W. Morton
Jane Jackson
Theodosia Chase
Hope Atkinson
Mary Ann Flanagan Hayden
Sylvia Ann Howland
Florence Eastman
Dineia Sylvia
Emily Noyes Vanderpoel
Elizabeth Leonard
Belmira Nunes
Alberta Simmons Brownell
Noelie Houle
Charlotte White
Elizabeth Piper Ensley
Lena Britto
Anna Murray Douglass
Elizabeth Payson Prentiss
Mary Elizabeth Hartley
Helen Elizabeth Ellis
Sue Wong van Wiggeren
Elizabeth Barstow Stoddard
Maria Alves
Elizabeth Atwood Lawrence
Cordelia Vien
Mary T. Vermette
Martha Bush Gray
Marie A. Nelson
Gratia Montgomery
Awashonks
Mary Hudson Onley
Anna Elizabeth White
Rosamond Guinn
Betsey B. Winslow
Mary Ann Hathaway Tripp
Harriet Didriksen
Alice Howland Macomber
Florence Waite
Harriet Jacobs
Phebe Hart Mendall
Emily Howland Bourne
Mary B. Montrond
Bertha Cohen
Helen Worthing Webster
Huybertie Hamlin
Archangela Fortes
Mary Rotch
Sister Rosellen Gallogly
Suzanne Marjorie Stockard Underwood
Martha Bailey Briggs
Edith Guerrier
Ida M. Eliot
Mercy Etta Baker
Kathleen Comiskey Roberts
Elizabeth Marble
Maria (Maja) Capek
Eloise Solomon Pina
Hetty Green
Juan Bennett Drummond
Amelia Piper
Elizabeth Terry Delano
Ora M. DeJesus
Theresa Dougall
Ellen Kempton
Marie Equi
Mary Schwartz
Mary A. Smith
Gladys Heuberger Sherman Ellis
Lillian Ross
Elizabeth Taber
Lillian B. Lamoureux
Consuelo M. Sousa
Pauline Meyer Colyar
Margery V. “Ruby” Dottin
Amelia Jones

Lighting the Way – Historic Women of the South Coast tells the stories of commitment, determination and perseverance of women from a wide range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

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