Famed Female Trail Blazers

Victoria Woodhull
Victoria Woodhull
Elizabeth Maria Tallchief
Elizabeth Maria Tallchief
Florence Sabin in her Lab
Florence Sabin in her Lab


I am Woman, Hear me Roar

Women of Substance and Genius

Seneca Falls New York is situated between Rochester and Syracuse. There, at 76 Falls Street, stands “The National Women’s Hall of Fame,” founded in 1969 and appropriately based in the city where the first Women’s Rights Convention was held in 1848.

Throughout the years women have been chosen for induction into the Hall of Fame based upon the value of their contribution to society or specific groups within society, and toward the progress and freedom of women. They are women who have contributed through their ambitions and accomplishments in numerous and varied fields such as, art, science, education, humanities, philanthropy, government, business and athletics. An important basis for induction as well, is the enduring value of these achievements.

There are literally thousands of women who are honored and celebrated within The National Women’s Hall of Fame at Seneca Falls, New York.

Politics: One of three extremely intriguing and highly controversial women I have chosen to introduce to you today is Victoria Woodhill, born Victoria California Claflin, September 23, 1838 in Homer, Ohio.

At the age of 15 Victoria married 28 year old Channing Woodhull, a self-proclaimed Ohio medical Doctor at a time when formal medical education and licensing were not required to practice medicine in that state. Two children and a few years later, painfully aware of Channing’s alcoholism and womanizing, Victoria found it necessary to work outside the home to support her family.

Through sheer determination and her high degree of intelligence, Victoria, along with her sister Tennessee, found themselves the first female brokers on Wall Street where by the way, they made a fortune. These ladies used their money to found a paper, Woodhull & Claflin’s Weekly, in publication for six years and notorious for publishing controversial opinions on taboo topics of that era.

Victoria’s experiences with her career on Wall Street as well as with her weekly newspaper, opened up the way for her to attempt to penetrate the all-male world of politics. In 1871 Victoria spoke at the National Woman Suffrage Association’s third annual convention in Washington. Her argument so powerful and logical, she became their revered champion and ultimately a leader of the suffrage movement.

Her fame and notoriety spread and at a time when women still could not vote, she was nominated for President of the United States by the newly formed Equal Rights Party.



The Arts: Elizabeth Marie Tallchief, born in Fairfax, Oklahoma on June 24th. 1925 to a father who was the chief in the Osage Nation and a Scots-Irish mother.

As a child, her love of music and dance, especially ballet, grew into a desire to pursue a career in the arts, despite this dream being a considerable challenge for a Native American child in those days.

Her family moved to Beverly Hills, California in 1933 where “Maria” studied ballet with Bronislava Nijinska for five years.

Maria Tallchief left Los Angeles at the age of 17 to audition in New York city where she joined the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and easily rose to the status of featured soloist. Her performances of utter perfection at the Paris Opera elevated Maria Tallchief to the world stage.

She originated the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in Balanchine’s version of The Nutcracker Suite". The list of honors bestowed upon Maria throughout her career as Prima Ballerina goes on and on.

She received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1996, and in 1999 was awarded the American National Medal of Arts by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C. On November 7, 2006, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York presented a special tribute to Maria titled “A Tribute to Ballet Great Maria Tallchief.” In addition to more honors, it is noteworthy that Maria made cameo appearances in Hollywood films as well as feature documentaries. From 1990 to the present day, she has been artistic adviser to Von Heidecke’s Chicago Festival Ballet.

Reading of Maria’s life and dreams, her hard work and dedication in perfecting her talent and love of ballet, tells a story of great inspiration to young women everywhere.

The Sciences: I believe if you look up the word Pioneer or Trailblazer, you’ll surely see a picture of Florence R. Sabin. This is a woman of "Firsts." Born November 9, 1871, in Central City, Colorado, she was an American medical scientist.

Florence was the first woman to graduate from John Hopkins University School of Medicine and the first woman to become a full professor at this same medical college. In 1924 she was elected the first woman president of the American Association of Anatomists and the first lifetime female member of the National Academy of Sciences.

By September 1925 she was head of the Department of Cellular Studies at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research in New York City. Her involvement in a Colorado subcommittee on health resulted in the Sabin Health Laws which modernized that state’s public health system.

Shall we ask Florence,"So, What did you do in your spare time?"

The very next opportunity available, I’m on my way to Seneca Falls. Everything you need to know can be found a few taps and a click away. It’s all there...address, phone number, e-mail, admission fee (Seniors $1.50 !) hours of operation and directions.

Hope to see you there!!




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Prima Ballerina Maria Tallchief

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fpherj48 7 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

This is one of my older works...as you can see, haven't had a visit in 19 mos. Thanks so much for stopping by.....:)


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Greensleeves Hubs 7 months ago from Essex, UK

Always interesting and worthwhile Paula to introduce and make more widely known the lives of people like this, who deserve to be better known to the general public. And to make better known too, the Institution in Seneca Falls which celebrates these women. Thanks. I liked the videos too :) Alun


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

We got this!! Happy Monday SFAM!!


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

LOL....Oh I'm a Trailblazer, that's for sure, GF......But I think we'll leave it at that for those who are easily frightened!!! Let's make this an AWESOME day!...HUgs


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

I nominate Effer as a Famed Female Trail Blazer! :)


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

You're TOO young, silly nilly!.....but I surely wouldn't put it past you, Ms. K.O. to be hangin on the wall in some Museum somewhere.....one day in the future! LOL......hangin on the wall in a GOOD way!! :)


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Kathleen Odenthal 2 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

hey, you forgot me! ;) nice hub paula :) always love seeing women bringing attention to other powerful women!


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

LOL! C.E.......Sounds like you're quite familiar with the goals & dreams of some our "younger" females.

Yes....the women I chose to showcase impressed me immensely.....especially in terms of being "pioneers" FOR women! Thanks for stopping by. Always good to see you. :)


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

An excellent article! Young women of today need to know more about women such as you've written about here. I know it's difficult to interest most of them in anything beyond piercings, tattoos, and the latest hair shade in chartreuse or magenta . . . Voted up and shared!


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Nah....never fear. No Politician in the WORLD is worth bickering with my peeps.........we have much more crucial things to bicker about....the REAL meaning of life, like kids and men and fashion, money, couponing, staying young...........


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Uh oh. Might there be bickering in the near future? :)


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Love you ladies....but I share not your love for Hillary....sorry. Mea culpa!


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Hillary for 2016 :)


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

I am counting on Hillary as well. It's great to know this place exists. I didn't know before your hub. Definitely on the bucket list now!


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

I hope that one day Hillary Clinton will be a Famed Female Trail Blazer...oh wait, she already is! I just watched a snippet of Hillary, Bill and Chelsea being interviewed by Jimmy Kimmel...very funny! :)


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Amen, Au fait......it does seem the female species does not receive the fame and publicity they have earned.....ESPECIALLY, women from History!.....Thank you for giving these ladies some attention & respect!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Good group of women to inspire the young women in the world. Glad you've shed some light on women who achieved but no one ever talks about. There were a lot of them, but who would know? Voted up!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Full of love....& Eliza........I think Florence's "life" was her work......don't you? It would seem an enormous miracle to be and do all she did in her lifetime......and still find time for a Saturday night date! LOL

I'd never heard of any of them either, before familiarizing myself on the Hall of Fame in NY. Women like these amaze me.


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FullOfLoveSites 3 years ago from United States

Very interesting article, especially about Florence Sabin, she was really amazing. Yeah, I also wonder, did she ever have a life? Hehehehe. Voted up and interesting. :)


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ElizaDoole 3 years ago from London

Lovely to hear about some successful American women of history. I had never heard of any of these ladies and I am glad I have now. Voted UP!


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Wayne Brown 3 years ago from Texas

A big AMEN to that one, Paula! ~WB


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Wayne....Do we really want to get onto the subject of the spoiled, pampered ME generation issues? Being a part of the (near to) final "driven" ( Boomer )generation.....I try not to get too annoyed, because it's fairly obvious.....WE may have raised a few of those darlings! Oh Lord, forgive us, for we knew not what the heck we were doing....


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Les...If I had to guess which of these incredible females, shared your BD...it would definitely be Victoria. Was she ahead of her time or what??!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Til...I put my application in as Director of Tourism, but when they realized how old I am, they put me charge of the Antique Shops. Wanna buy a hurricane lamp dated 1860? I'll cut you a deal.


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Wayne Brown 3 years ago from Texas

Some very interesting stories of women who have had a major impact in some way on our lives yet are probably unknown to most of us. You article also underlines the fact that opportunity is there for any and everyone if they apply themselves and add some determination to get to their goals. Prior generations could easily see that against a backdrop in which they had nothing to lose and everything to gain. Perhaps we start life out too easily today and lose some of that drive necessary to achieve to our highest levels. Thanks for sharing. ~WB


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

what a wonderful and empowering hub Paula! Immediately caught my eye with the birthdate of victoria woodhull - september 23 - the same as mine! what are the odds of that, eh? She's a libra- no surprise there...

keep these amazing, strong, courageous, and ballsy women coming!

Female trailblazers? What about the hub-lazers? lol..

voting and sharing with the hub-lazers..lol


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

tammy!! Thanks for visiting. When I first published this, it was not at all popular. I figured no one cares about famous women unless they're of the Kardashian-type! The women in the Hall of Fame amaze me!


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SkeetyD 3 years ago from Barbados

What a wonderful and informative hub. I am pleased that women with such strong convictions are being appreciated and recognised for their achievements and contributions. Thank you for teaching me something new!


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tammyswallow 3 years ago from North Carolina

How fascinating! If I ever go that way again I will have to check this out. These womean are outstanding examples for all women. Great hub!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

Seems your past here on hubpages is as bright as your future GF....this is a really interesting hub that sheds information on some great women....women everyone should know about....not to mention a great place to visit...they may have to put you in charge of tourism up that way!

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Thank you so much Alastar....I so appreciate your complimentary comment and your sincere appreciation of Women in History.

You are so sweet......this has been shared on 3 different occasions! Like I said....."Women" (like these gals) don't attract attention.

However, should someone do a piece on Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga or some lovely Porn Queen........Well......need I be specific??

Thanks again, Alastar!


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Women's Hall of Fame deserves to be read and acknowledged, absolutely Effer. Recall reading something about Victoria and Tennessee on Wall Street once, what a story there. Oh and 'Tennessee', never even heard that first name down this way lol. Maria Tallchief. What an amzing career path for that lady; and to honest about it, a highly unusual one for a mixed race girl born in 1920s Oklahoma. Effer, I wish this was doing better so maybe you could write on some more ladies in the WHF. Let's share this on HP.


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TravelAbout 4 years ago from United States

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Helen Reddy - "hear me roar". What year is this? Vaginal probes? Don't get me wrong I'm pro life but this and trying to do away with birth control is really taking us back a bit too far; wouldn't you agree ladies? What year is this? Women are still paid less for the same work men do? Don't get me wrong as I really do love men, but guys...come on?

Even today, most really strong women are disliked in the political arena and always looked at and compared negatively to a strong male. That still puzzles me. And life goes on...and so does this hub.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Effer - my 'fairer sex' women were from WW2 and none of them as famous as your Hall of Fame Ladies but I'm 'shouting out' about how great I think they all were (sorry my first comment was a bit gabbled) - don't feel too down about this little neglected hub - I'm sure others will be along soon :o)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Jools........I do? I mean, am I suppose to know you're doing a "shout-out" for the fairer sex? Did you tell me? Who are you? Who am I? Where are we?

Perhaps you can rescue me....I really didn't know.

OMG!!! "Hoggie" is what my #2 son has been called by his numerous friends forever!! It's his official nickname. This makes me giggle....wait until I tell him about how I happen to know the wife of ANOTHER "Hoggie!!"

Thanks for being the LONE Reader so far......this hub just ain't goin anywhere......nobody cares about Women who have made it into the Hall of Fame!!

There goes my dream!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Effer, really enjoyed this hub :o) If ever Hoggie and I visit the North East of your fair land, I will be sure to check out this interesting place - you know that I am also doing 'shout outs' for the 'fairer' sex. Now you need to write separate hubs about Victoria, Elizabeth and Florence and link em all together!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I'm pretty sure that Belva was the only member of our family who made a name for herself in a good way; that's why I'm always so eager to mention her to anyone who will listen. :)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Thanks for stopping by, billy....this is an "older" hub, written when I was a "HubBaby." I must look up great, great, Grandma!! How exciting to have a family member honored in the Hall of Fame! I honestly don't know if I have famous family members. MOST of us are merely INFAMOUS!! My lips are sealed.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Love the Hub and love the Hall of Fame, which I have visited...for purely personal reasons, however, because my great, great grandmother was Belva Lockwood, a fairly well-known hell-raiser in her day. Great job and very informative.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hey Kim...fancy meeting YOU here!! As soon as you arrive in New York....call me! I'll take you to all the great places of interest. There's a whole lot here to love!


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Kim Cantrell 4 years ago from Deep In The Pages of a Book

I'm not a big women's libber but I am a history buff and this place sounds like it'd be right up my alley. So I will put this one my places to visit WHEN (not if, because I AM going) I make it to New York. :)


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fpherj48 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

You're welcome! Often we are the least aware of the things nearest us!!


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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

I live nearby and this is the first I heard of this museum! Thank you for the great information. BTW Rochester NY is the home of Susan B Anthony.


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fpherj48 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Jaye......GOOD ONE! Great observation on Victoria!hahaha


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JayeWisdom 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

Very interesting article. All three of the women you chose to showcase earned their place in the Women's Hall of Fame. Victoria Woodhull, in particular, captured my imagination. I'd like to read an entire biography of her life.

Just imagine. As a teenager, she married a "self-proclaimed" medical doctor with no medical education who was also an alcoholic and womanizer. No wonder she was motivated to enter the arenas of business and politics.

Jaye


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fpherj48 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Sunshine.....will you settle for the HUB of Fame?


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Outstanding and informative article! You sold me on a visit if I'm ever in the area. Personally I believe all women belong in the hall of fame ... well almost all! Thank you for sharing :)


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fpherj48 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Cogerson....I've heard a lot of great things about you...and after reading your bio and some of your hubs and comments.....I clearly see you've earned the admiration! Hope to hear more from you & Thanks!


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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

Wow, I never even knew this place existed. It sounds like they put the Hall in the right place as Senaca Falls has lots of great history in it's past. I enjoyed reading about the three women you picked....and I liked your sense of humor that you included in the hub. Voted up and interesting...keep up the good work.

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