Pioneer Women

Posted March 14, 2019 at 4:17 pm


Pioneer Women

There is a category of women that tends to get overlooked in history books, but who were brought to life through the writings of authors like our very own Laura Ingalls Wilder.  That is the category of the Pioneer Woman.  On the State Fairgrounds, in front of the Minnesota Historical Society Building, is a huge statue honoring the women who came, lived and died in the quest for homes and lives in the West.

Too often, if pioneer women were remembered at all, they were either turned into “super hero’s” or “victims” or so Hollywood would like us to think.  Watch some old Westerns and see what characters are expendable.  It seems to usually be the women, the wives, daughters or girlfriends, who get killed off for the sake of the “quest” to right a wrong.  On the other end of the spectrum, you have characters like Victoria Barkley, the matriarch of the TV show “The Big Valley,” who runs the show, rules the roost and keeps her huge ranch running smoothly and her four children toeing the line.  In reality, the lives of pioneer women were more mundane and more important than what Hollywood depicts.

Please see this week’s edition of the Westbrook Sentinel Tribune for the full story.