I'm a UX/Visual Designer and Writer with a passion for history. I've read about the lives of memorable women for as long as I can remember, with particular interest in the Civil War and Tudor England periods.
My introduction began when my sister, Laura, gave me a book for my birthday titled "Mary, Queen of Scots" by Antonia Fraser. What followed were numerous books on English medieval queens; Eleanor, Matilda, Anne (and the rest of Henry VIII's family; including his mother, Elizabeth of York, and assorted wives, daughters and mistresses.)
I've read so many books on Eleanor of Aquitaine, we even named our beloved red-headed Tri-colored Pembroke Welsh Corgi (nod to the present English monarch, Elizabeth II) after her. She passed in November 2018. When people would ask if her namesake was Eleanor Roosevelt...I patiently said 'no', and told them she was named after the 13th century French Duchess and English Queen. "A Lion in Winter...with Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn?" A polite, but quizzical stare usually followed.
Then the game-changer, "Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin (and a nod to my brother Jim, for introducing me to this amazing book.) TOR ignited my interest in the Civil War and the women on both sides of the divide. Additional readings introduced women like Kate Chase Sprague, Dorothea Dix, Susan B. Anthony, Lizzie Blair Lee and Lavinia Reams.
And so it goes. Fascinating women in history, discussed and written about here.