The Wenches are having some fun with redesigning our Facebook page, and as an ongoing feature, we’ve decided to do highlight “Underappreciated Wenches” throughout history—those smart, strong women who dared to defy convention and follow their passions in life. And we invite you to share your own favorite “Wenches” too. So please come join us over at the WW page and tell us about the women you find fascinating.
To start the ball rolling, here are a few women from the Regency era who I find compelling:
Augusta Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace, was Lord Byron’s daughter, though never knew her father as her parents separated soon after her birth. As a child she suffered through a difficult childhood, as her mother was a manipulative woman who used physical pain and guilt to try to control those around her. Ada exhibited a special talent for mathematics and was fortunate enough to meet Mary Somerville, the leading female scientist of the times, who encouraged her to study seriously.