These Prohibition era women remind us to avoid stereotypes. Their beliefs and actions were highly divergent surrounding what was a major social issue at the time. People no longer argue about Prohibition. But the lesson to avoid stereotyping is as important today as ever.
Learn more about each woman by clicking on her name.
Prohibition Era Women Listed Alphabetically.
Susan B. Anthony is well-known. But discover the little-known role of sarsaparilla in her career.
Maggie Bailey of Kentucky was called the ‘Queen of the Mountain Bootleggers.’
Stella Beloumant was a highly successful bootlegger.
Evangeline Booth, a Salvation Army leader, continued to believe that Prohibition had been a great success.
Bertie (Birdie) Brown was an African American woman who made moonshine that was described as the ‘best in the country.’ Learn the sad fate she met.
Martha McClellan Brown was a highly effective organizational leader at all levels in advancing the temperance movement.
Colvin Highly Motivated
Mamie White Colvin, who called herself Mrs. D. Leigh Colvin, devoted her entire life to advancing the prohibition movement in an outspoken manner.
Gloria de Casares was an enterprising and major international bootlegger.
Edna Giard was a bootlegger who helped transport alcohol for Al Capone.
Lavinia Gilman was an 80-year-old woman who operated a 300-gallon moonshine still.
Mary Hunt was a Major Leader
Mary H. Hunt was one of the most powerful and effective leaders of the temperance movement.
Mary Ann Moriarity used her daughter to deliver moonshine to customers in an ingenious way.
Carry Nation is Well-Known even Today
Carry A. Carry (or Carrie) Nation is all too easy to stereotype. In reality, she was a very complex woman who is difficult to understand.
Willie Carter Sharpe hauled over 220,000 gallons of moonshine between 1926 and 1931. This bootlegger had diamonds in her teeth.
Frances Willard was a prohibitionist, suffragette, and racist.
Books about Prohibition Era Women.
Murdock, C. Domesticating Drink: Women, Men, and Alcohol in America, 1870-1940. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins U Press,1998.
Paulson, R. Women’s Suffrage and Prohibition. Glenview, IL: Scott, Foresman, 1973.
Root, G. Women and Repeal. NY: Harper, 1934.
Rose, K. American Women and the Repeal of Prohibition. NY: NYU Press,1996.