Category Archives: New Hampshire Women

Manchester New Hampshire’s Human Rights Champion, Volunteer, Civic and Community Leader: Vanessa Leah Washington-Johnson-Bloemen (1953-2011)

Many living in Manchester New Hampshire today probably have heard of Vanessa Washington-Johnson-Bloemen.  This is because she worked in, and behind the scenes of, countless city organizations or agencies.  Her goal was to solve problems and promote the interests of … Continue reading

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National Women’s History Month: Weaving New Hampshire’s Stories In Granite

This year [2015] is the 35th anniversary of the National Women’s History Project.  The group grew from a few concerned educators and history activists in California, to  a more substantial collective of both women and men today.   Since 1909 various … Continue reading

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First Female County Register of Probate in the U.S.: Marlow New Hampshire’s Ella F. Gee (1853-1937)

She was born in 1853 as Fannie Ella Gee, in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.  In 1899 she legally changed her name in Cheshire County (NH) Court from Fannie Ella Gee to Ella Fannie Gee. Ella’s father, Ebridge B. Gee, was from Marlow, … Continue reading

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“Christmas Picture,” by New Hampshire Poet: Lydia (Swasey) Obear

☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:Christmas Picture・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆ When the light through the eastern sky shall break, On Christmas morning, the children will wake, And with whispered giggle each curly head, And pink, chubby foot, will steal out of bed On barefooted tiptoes to creep round … Continue reading

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New Durham New Hampshire’s Educator, Lawyer, Suffragist, Humanitarian and Author: Marilla Marks (Young) Ricker (1840-1920)

“I’m going to run for governor [of New Hampshire], although I have not the slightest idea of ever becoming governor,” announced Mrs. Ricker… I’m running for governor in order to get people into the habit of thinking of women as … Continue reading

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