Women of Courage Profiles

In 1989 the St. Lawrence County, NY Branch, AAUW researched and published Women of Courage, Ten North Country Pioneers in Profile. This booklet featured the stories of local women who had made an impact on the North Country and were pioneers in their fields, which included education, medicine, art, politics, and music. Since the original publication, the Branch has collected material for additional profiles. If you know of other women whose story should be told, contact the branch.


The Women of Courage Profiles website was chosen by EdHelper.com
as a Honor Roll Site in Nov. 2000!

Now the Women of Courage are on a searchable interactive map!


SOAR event focuses on “Ten Courageous North Country Women”


Path Breakers Interviews - videos conducted by students in Prof. Laura Ettinger's History Class at Clarkson University.


  • AAUW-St. Lawrence County Agents of Change
  • Florence Merriam Bailey, Pioneer Naturalist
  • Leonora Marie (Kearney) Barry, Labor Organizer
  • The Birth of Nurse-Midwifery in America
  • Carrie Chapman Catt, Suffragist
  • Minerva Chapman, Painter
  • The Cult of True Womanhood
  • Early College Women: Determined to be Educated
  • Her Honor, the Mayor
  • Marie Curie, Remarkable Scientist
  • Marion Sanger Frank, Ogdensburg Suffragist
  • Jeanne Robert Foster, Adirondack Poet
  • Matilda Joslyn Gage, Women’s Rights Activist
  • The Grey Nuns of Ogdensburg, Founders of the Ogdensburg Hospital
  • Helen M. Hosmer, Music Educator
  • History of Suffrage, Jefferson County, New York
  • Timeline of the History Women in Sports and Title IX
  • The League of Women Voters, St. Lawrence County, New York
  • Martha Reben, Adirondack Writer
  • Dr. Lillie Rosa Minoka-Hill (1876-1952), the second American Indian woman in the United States to hold a Doctor of Medicine degree
  • Mother Marianne becomes an American saint. Mother Marianne opened and operated some of the first general hospitals in the United States, St. Elizabeth Hospital in Utica, New York, in 1866 and St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, New York, in 1869.
  • Audrey Munson, Legacy of Beauty (1891-1996)
  • New York State Congresswomen's Biographies
  • Marjorie Lansing Porter (1891-1973)
  • Pioneer Women Educators, Potsdam Normal School
  • St. Lawrence County Family Court Judge Barbara R. Potter
  • Linda Richards, America's First Trained Nurse
  • May Richmire, Massena Educator
  • Suffragette Anna Howard Shaw galvanizes America in historic Ogdensburg speech on June 21, 1915.
  • The Sisters of St. Joseph
  • Betty Steele’s photos captured Ogdensburg’s glory
  • Kateri Tekakwitha becomes North America’s first aboriginal saint. Known as “Lily of the Mohawks,” she was born in New York state in 1656.
  • Mary Edwards Walker, Civil War Doctor
  • Women in the Civil War, Five Nurses from St. Lawrence County
  • Women in Politics: Early Women Elected to the NYS Legislature


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