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To celebrate Women’s History Month, we showcased our Top 10 Women of Missouri, featured last year and selected by our panelists. Now we bring you ten more fascinating women!
Wife to the founder of St. Louis, Marie Therese Bourgeois Chouteau opened her home to Lewis and Clark, who were waiting for the winter to end before they embarked on their famous expedition.
In 1931, St. Louis native Irma Rombauer published the Joy of Cooking, one of the world’s most-published cookbooks.
Born in Elkton in Hickory county in 1904, Helen Gould Beck became known as the famous dancer Sally Rand. She invented a titillating dance using two large ostrich plumes to cover her body.
Emma Knell was one of the first women in the state licensed as an embalmer in 1899.
At at time when smiling was considered frivolous by photographers and stiff subjects were the norm, Jean Tomlinson Frazer encouraged her subjects to smile. In the early 1900s, the “Jean Smile” took over and became a trend that never died.
In 1913, well-known illustrator Rose O’Neill created the Kewpie doll now used today as Columbia Hickman High School’s mascot.
As the first female mayor in Missouri, Mayme Ousley was elected in 1921, just two years after women got the right to vote. She cleaned up the streets of St. James and placed signs at the edge of town that quipped, “Drive slow and see our beautiful city; drive fast and see our jail.”
Nelle Peters was a Kansas City architect at a time when few women were. She designed the Kansas City Ambassador Hotel in 1924, along with many other buildings still standing in Kansas City.
Born a slave in Jackson County, Cathay Williams was the only known female Buffalo soldier during the Civil War. She masqueraded as a man and enlisted in the 38th Infantry, Company A, as William Cathay.
Beginning in 1929 on a radio show with her husband, Jane Ace confused similar-sounding words for comic effect. “Janeacesisms” included these: “It’s our clowning achievement,” “Say it in words of one cylinder,” and “We’re all cremated equal.”