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Heroines of the Revolution: Patience, Prudence & Penelope

As we celebrate Independence Day, it’s important to look beyond the generals who led the battles and the men who signed the Declaration, and also pay tribute to the women who contributed to the history of the period—whether by actually sneaking onto the battlefield or by playing a role behind the scenes, or influencing the cultural life of the times.

Betsy Ross

Born Elizabeth Griscom, professional seamstress Betsy Ross, according to legend, made the first American flag, changing the six-pointed stars to five. The Elizabeth diminutive Betsy is still stuck in her cutesy midcentury teen mold, but with Betty coming back, Betsy could follow.

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