Where research has proven that 17th century women could not write, by the 18th century, many women were more educated and could write.
Susanna Haswell Rowson, one of these women, published her second novel, Charlotte, A Tale of Truth, first in London and then in Philadelphia. Her first novel, published in 1786, was Victoria.
Rowson had come here with her widowed father but because of his Loyalist stand, he and the family
were interned during the early days of the Revolutionary War.
In 1778 they were granted the right to go back to England. In England, Susanna married and she and her husband came and settled in Boston in 1793.
In 1797, Susanna added educator to her set of skills by starting one of the first schools in the United States that provided girls with an education beyond the elementary school level.
She continued to write novels and magazine articles until two years before her death in 1824, thereby being a role model for girls and other women.