All posts by Chloe Stronge

About Chloe Stronge

Chloe Stronge, 2022 Saltire Foundation advancement and education intern, is studying Psychology at the University of Dundee in Scotland. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, she thoroughly enjoys travelling, with a strong love for Boston, having first visited at a young age. She is very interested in research, in areas such as world history, immigration, women’s history, culture, and the Gilded Age.

Mrs. Frank Leslie

In early July I was given the opportunity to attend an online educational event, “Women in the Gilded Age,” with guest speakers Laura Thompson and Betsy Prioleau, part of the American Inspiration series at NEHGS. The draw was my interest in women’s history, and this event sparked my interest further and provided me with a newfound love of the history of the Gilded Age of New York (1870–1910), a captivating era of growth, greed, and deep cultural changes.

I became truly fascinated by one woman in particular, Miriam Leslie, known in her day as Mrs. Frank Leslie. What intrigued me about Mrs. Leslie was the way in which she challenged the societal norms of the time; in a time that expected women to be homemakers, she stepped up, challenged misogyny, and worked her way to success as a professional businesswoman, taking over the publication business of her late husband, Frank Leslie, and inspiring women who sought more than domesticity. Continue reading Mrs. Frank Leslie