Native American Women and Their Defiance of Imposed Gender Roles

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Southern New Hampshire University
Growing interest in Native American Studies has garnered new interest in the creation of the United States and the impact the various tribes had on historical events. Research pertaining to Native American women’s history during colonization is slow, however, as time progresses momentum is growing. This thesis argues that Native women were not only victims of oppression but rather participants in their own history. The French and Indian War was the perfect opportunity to step out of gender roles and take back the power which colonization had stripped from them. While history has given Native American women an incorrect reputation, modern historians are sifting through old literature to seek the truth. By sifting through what little information there is on Native American during the French and Indian War, this thesis argues that despite the gender standards that were being imposed upon them, Native American women used War to their advantage.