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Announcing Uppity Women Wednesdays at OEN - with Two Revolutionary Matriots

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Meryl Ann Butler: I've been to Sybil's grave site, she is buried near her father in the old Maple Hill cemetery in Patterson, New York, not far from her route during her exciting ride. (During Revolutionary times, variations on spellings of proper names were common, note the use of "Sibbell" here.)

I was surprised to see that her gravestone only mentions that she was the wife of Edward Ogden! But the Enoch Crosby Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has been instrumental in keeping Ludington's story in the public eye.

Thanks, Vicki, for sharing these great stories with us! I'm thrilled to be introducing this monthly feature. You'll be taking over, starting in May. Do you have anything else to share with us about what we have to look forward to?

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Vicki Leon: I'm tickled to be given the opportunity to connect further with your readers about women of long ago! And, since May includes Mother's Day, I will be presenting a trio of very unusual "mother love" stories, extraordinary ones from three different eras. The first involves a mom and son at the ancient Olympic Games in Greece. The second "it's complicated" story comes from first century B.C. Rome, and profiles a mother whose love (and forgiveness) extended to the offspring of her husbands. And ex-husbands! The third woman in my May trio? An aristocratic Englishwoman whose altruistic actions not only saved her own children from a dire disease -- but saved the fledgling American colonies as well.

MAB: Thanks, Vicki, we're looking forward to next month's celebration of uppity women!

See Vicki Leon's Uppity Women Wednesdays series on OpedNews here.

4000 Years of Uppity Women, is only available through Barnes & Noble, at stores everywhere and at

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Deborah Champion's letter explaining her adventure is here.

Meryl Ann Butler's article about Sybil Ludington's ride is here.

Photos of Deborah Champion's cloak and cup are used by kind permission from the Connecticut Historical Society.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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