A surprising number of women were writers, from journalists to best-selling novelists.
Susan Warner’s 1851 The Wide, Wide World, for example, became the first American book to sell more than a million copies.
Probably the most influential hook of the time was Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Venezuelan-born Teresa Carrel-10 gave her first piano concert in New York in 1862 at age 9.
The next year she played one of her own compositions in Boston. She became a top pianist in the United States and Europe.