Courage can be found in various types of places. In the middle of war, during a normal day in the park or in the midst of a tragedy that would rock the century it took place in. For Margaret Brown, whom history now refers to as ” The Unsinkable Molly Brown “, the time to prove her courage came shortly after the sinking of the RMS Titanic. As a survivor from lifeboat 6, Molly Brown went head to head with Quartermaster Robert Hichens to return to look for survivors. History is unclear upon the outcome of the fact and whether any survivors were rescued.
Margaret “Molly” Brown (née Tobin), was born in Hannibal, Missouri to Irish emigrant parents. At 18 years old, she moved to Leadville, Colorado and started working in a department store. Although she had been resolute to marry for money, Molly Brown fell in love with James Joseph Brown, a miner whose parents also hailed from Ireland. The couple had two children a boy, Lawrence Palmer and a girl, Catherine Ellen.
Luck started favoring them in 1893, when J.J. Brown’s mining engineering got him an award of 12,500 shares of stock and a seat on the board of the Little Johnny Mine. By 1894, the couple had moved to Denver and later separated in 1909. Molly Brown was among the first women to run for political office, eight years before women even had the right to vote.
In 1912, Brown got news that her grandchild was ill and urgently boarded the RMS Titanic at Cherbourg, France. After the ship struck the iceberg, Molly Brown worked fervently to help other women board the lifeboats. After the rescue of the survivors by the Carpathia, Molly Brown established the Survivor’s Committee and managed to raise almost $10,000 for destitute survivors. Her work to help the survivors of the Titanic gave her the nickname “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.”
Thanks to her new found fame, Molly Brown was able to speak for many causes such as women’s suffrage and workers’ rights. She died on October 26, 1932, in New York City. Do you know other impressive women of recent times?