Celebrating International Womens History Day with Brainy Ladies from the Boro

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The history of our Brainy Boro is rife with women who have made a marked difference on our community and the world from Metuchen. Tyreen Reuter from the Metuchen-Edison Historical Society deserves many thanks for sending it to us! So now MM has to share it . . . on this 100th Anniversary of International Womens Day. Here's to the ladies! Who will make this list in another 100 years? Send us your suggestions!

Julia Hart Beers (Kempson)Artist associated with the Hudson River School and one of the first American-born women to be recognized as a painter and an artist.

Helen Christine Bennett (Mrs. B.F. Maupin),Non-fiction writer for periodicals such as the American Magazine, Pictorial Review, McCall's, and Collier's.  Published "American Women in Civic Work," in 1917, now considered an important resource on the history of the Suffrage movement.

Helen C. Carvalho: Writer for the NY Evening World under the pen name of "Neil Neilson."

Kate Claxton: Considered one of the best "emotional" actresses of her time, famously survived the Brooklyn Theatre fire of 1876.

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman: Renowned and prolific author who famously socialized with Mark Twain and other literati of her day (see the Fall 2009 edition of the Metuchen-Edison Historical Society's Nannygoats for more information on Ms. Freeman).

Ruth R. Mook: Geologist, studied at Wellesley and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  Active in New Jersey Womens' Clubs and president of the Borough Improvement League, active in several local volunteer organizations.

Mary Stanahan Hart PattisonSuffragist, womens' club leader, and domestic engineer who published scientific analyses of methods to make women's work in the home more efficient.

Hester Martha Hunt Poole: Feminist writer, associated with Clara Barton, Susan B. Anthony, Frances Willard, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.  Founder of the Quiet Hour Club.  Lived with her husband Cyrus O. Poole on a large estate off current day Rose Street and Rolfe Place.

Dorothy Richardson: Special writer for the New York Sunday Herald, published "The Long Day" about the life of a working-class girl in 1905.

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