Some women even pledged not to use alcohol in cooking.
In the 1850s, this book was second only to Uncle Tom’s Cabin in popularity, selling over a million copies. William W. Pratt dramatized the tale, and the stage version played continuously in the United States from the 1850s until the 1930s, often incorporating the popular temperance song "Father, Come Home." The narrative contains examples of three drunken-man themes: one drunkard is banished to the poorhouse, leaving his family destitute; another is killed in a bar-room brawl; a third, after causing his own daughter’s death, makes a vow never to drink again and is eventually restored to respectability. Ten Nights in a Bar room http://www.librarycompany.org/ArdentSpirits/Temperance
Many women also worked to improve education – mainly for girls. Until the 1820’s, American girls had little chance of an education.
Some female reformers opened schools of higher learning for girls. Emma Willard opened a school for girls in New York.
Some women worked to improve women's health. In the 1850’s. Catherine Beecher, a respected educator, undertook a national survey of women’s health.
She found three sick women for every healthy one. One reason was that they wore clothing so restrictive that breathing sometimes was difficult.
She devised looser fitting clothes known as “bloomers”.
Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to graduate from medical college. She then opened a hospital for women.