A Voice of Her Own: South Carolina Women in Politics – Native Women

They had it right in the first place! South Carolina’s history began way before the colonies.. For thousands of years, native American tribes were the inhabitants of this area we call home today. And despite how long ago this was, Native SC Women already enjoyed a place at the table. They were valued and recognized. They considered themselves part of an ordered universe, with men and women created equally.

While Chiefs were usually, but not always, men, they rose to power through their mother’s lineage. In fact, it was the native women who chose their husbands. And it was the women who could decide to divorce if necessary… and if they did….the men had to return to their mother’s home!