Empowered Women of the West – Dr. Nellie MacKnight (Part One)

San Francisco 1891 “Subjects, bodies for dissection, were divided into five parts—the head, two uppers and two lowers. By some ironical twist of circumstance, the first dissection assigned to me was a lower. The dissection of the pelvic organs was to be done in company with the young man who was assigned to the other … Continue reading Empowered Women of the West – Dr. Nellie MacKnight (Part One)

Guest Blog Post – Rachel Dacus

I am so honored a pleased to bring you a  guest post from author Rachel Dacus, whose time travel romance novel, The Renaissance Club, was released in January! In this post, Rachel shares with us what got her interested in writing and how reading led her to her dream of becoming an author. How I … Continue reading Guest Blog Post – Rachel Dacus

Margaret (Molly) Brown – Unsinkable and Much More

Margaret Tobin Brown, a woman  immortalized in numerous movies, documentaries, and the Broadway musical “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” never considered herself anything more than a good citizen. Made famous by her heroic efforts during the sinking of the RMS Titanic, Mrs. Brown used her fame and fortune to better the world. But, even as a … Continue reading Margaret (Molly) Brown – Unsinkable and Much More

The Mysteries of Perle de Vere – Madam of the Southwest

What possessed a young girl in the mid-1800’s to leave her well-to-do, “good” family in the mid-west and move clear across the country to Denver, Colorado to take up a life of prostitution? Little is known about the early years of Perle de Vere—a woman who did just that–and later became Colorado’s most famous madam. … Continue reading The Mysteries of Perle de Vere – Madam of the Southwest

Young Mabel

Empowered Women of Southwest History – Mabel Dodge Luhan

Some people find empowerment through their passion. Other people find empowerment through what they do for mankind. Still others find empowerment through their search of self and belonging. Such is the case for Mabel Dodge Luhan, self-proclaimed Muse of the Arts. As an only child, Mabel Dodge Luhan grew up with wealth and privilege; two … Continue reading Empowered Women of Southwest History – Mabel Dodge Luhan

Empowered Women of Southwest History – Georgia O’Keeffe

Georgia O’Keeffe—a name synonymous with the beauty and mystique of the Southwest. O’Keeffe’s depiction of multicolored desert landscapes, sensuous enlarged flowers and animal skulls, white-washed from the harshness of the New Mexico sun, portray her passion for and enchantment of the American Southwest. Throughout her life in New Mexico, O’Keefe found solace, inspiration, and the … Continue reading Empowered Women of Southwest History – Georgia O’Keeffe

Queen Isabella of Castile, and the Mysterious Madness of Princess Juana

It is said, madness runs in families. While Isabella of Castile became one of the most powerful female monarchs the world would ever know, her daughter, Juana, could not seem to find empowerment at any time in her life, even when she became Queen of Castile. Suffering from bouts of ill temper, melancholia, jealous rages … Continue reading Queen Isabella of Castile, and the Mysterious Madness of Princess Juana

Mystery and Scandal – 3 Mysteries of Queen Victoria

When a female monarch rules for over 63 years, there is bound to be some scandal in association with her reign. Although Queen Victoria was known for her strict and stringent opinions on moral behavior, her reign, like many of those before and after, is tinged with mystery and social indiscretions. Mystery #1) Eddy Christened … Continue reading Mystery and Scandal – 3 Mysteries of Queen Victoria

Joan of Arc – Maid, Mystic, Heretic, Saint

What possessed, Joan of Arc, a normal, 15th century teenaged girl from a modest village, to travel for 11 days to tell the dauphin of France she needed to lead an an army to Orléans to save the country from English power? What possessed the dauphin to grant her request, against the advice of his … Continue reading Joan of Arc – Maid, Mystic, Heretic, Saint

Eleanor of Aquitaine – and the Mystery of Love and Incest

Eleanor of Aquitaine, the most sought after daughter in medieval Europe, became the most wealthy and powerful woman during the 12th and 13th centuries. At 12-13 years of age, Eleanor inherited the Duchy of Aquitaine when her father, William X, died. Orphaned, Eleanor came under the guardianship of King Louis VI of France. Three months … Continue reading Eleanor of Aquitaine – and the Mystery of Love and Incest