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Female Cat Lovers Who Shaped Our World - Women's History Month

The 1st of March marks the beginning of Women's History Month. 

Women's History Month is an annually declared month of celebration that highlights the heroic contributions of women to events in history and current day.

To celebrate Women's History Month, we thought we'd look back at some of the most influential women, their achievements, and... their obsession with Felines!

1. Florence Nightingale

The chances are most of us have heard of Florence Nightingale. Commonly known as the founder of modern nursing.

Florence once said that “cats possess more sympathy and feeling than human beings.” This was a saying she lived by, which may explain the fact she owned over 60 cats throughout her life.

Evidence of Nightingale’s love for her cats can still be seen today, as some of her cats left paw prints in wet ink all over her letters.

2. Clara Barton

Clara Harlowe Barton, born in Massachusetts, USA, was a brilliant nurse who gained her reputation during the Civil War, earning the nickname 'Angel of the Battlefield" as an appreciation of her tireless and selfless work.

Barton's love for cats began when she was gifted a kitten from US Senator Schuyler Colfax. The kitten, whom she called 'Tommy', stayed by her side for 17 years.

A close friend of Clara's gifted her a portrait of Tommy which still hangs in the Barton House to this day. 

 3. Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott was a well renowned american novelist, short story writer and poet, best known as the author of 'Little Women'.

Louisa's admiration for cats can be seen throughout her writing. In Little Women, the March sisters own and adore their pet cat, whilst in her story 'Beth', she is seen playing with the cat and her kittens.

4. The Bronte Sisters

The famous Bronte sisters not only shared a love of writing, but also a love of cats!

Cats feature in many of the Bronte sisters’ writing. Agnes Grey, Wuthering Heights, as well as in the personal diaries of Anne and Charlotte all feature feline friends.

It is also believed that Emily once wrote an essay entitled "Le Chat", in which she defends cats against those who believe they are selfish and cruel, arguing that the self-reliance of cats is better than the hypocrisy of humanity.

Do you know a cat lover who has gone that extra mile? Someone special who deserves recognition? Let us know who they are by replying to this post on our Facebook Page.

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