Danbury in Fairfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Danbury Women of Note
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Throughout its history, countless women have contributed to Danbury and the lives of its citizens. Here are just a few that have left their mark on our community.
Mary Bull (1812-1882) dedicated her life to attending the poor and needy of Danbury. In 1857, she founded The Danbury Children’s Home. Upon her death, the newspaper described her as a woman ‘whose worth none of us can fully measure’ and whose death was a ‘public misfortune.’
Dr. Sophia Penfield graduated from the Homeopathic Medical College for Women in New York City in 1869 and was the first licensed female physician in the State. Dr. Penfield opened her practice on Main Street in 1872. She served the citizens of Danbury for nearly 50 years. In 1911 she helped establish the Danbury Visiting Nurse Association.
At one time, women made up 20 percent of the work force in the hat shops of Danbury. As members of the Hat Trimmers Union, women had the largest membership of the four hatters’ union local. Among their duties, they were required to act as a cheering section for their company baseball team. The Hat Trimmers Assiciation was involved in several
In 1975, Betty Corso, Alice Chapman and Bonnie Law founded The Women’s Center of Greater Danbury as a place where women could gather and explore ways to improve their lives. Since then it has grown into a professional social service agency serving women, men and children from 13 Southwestern Connecticut towns.
Noted author Rose Wilder Lane, daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder, made her home in the King Street area for 30 years. Danbury native, genealogist, historian and author Susan Benedict Hill, completed the unfinished History of Danbury 1684-1896 left incomplete by the death of James Montgomery Bailey.
Local women played a key role during World War II. Many signed up for military service in the WACS, WAVES and WASPs. Eleanor Feeley Lowery was one of the first 100 women invited to Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas. In 1943, she completed her training and became a Women’s Air Force Service Pilot.
Erected by Danbury Museum & Historical Society. (Marker Number 22.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Arts, Letters, Music • Charity & Public Work • Industry & Commerce • Labor Unions • Science & Medicine • War, World II • Women.
Location. 41° 23.6′ N, 73° 27.132′ W. Marker is in Danbury, Connecticut, in Fairfield County. Marker is at the intersection of West Street and Foster Street, on the right when traveling west on West Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15 West Street, Danbury CT 06810, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Danbury Firsts (within shouting distance of this marker); To Our Brothers (within shouting distance of this marker); The Settling of Danbury (within shouting distance of this marker); Danbury City Hall Wall (within shouting distance of this marker); Sybil Ludington (within shouting distance of this marker); Old City Center Square (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sporting Life (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kenosia & Candlewood (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danbury.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 8, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 12, 2014, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 702 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 12, 2014, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.