History, it seems to me, is largely written by men. Therefore it is quite tricky to find out what the women in your family were doing even 3 generations ago. My great grandmother was a native American in the northwestern United States and the wife of a German immigrant farmer. She died when I was 8 and I barely knew her but before she was sent to the nursing home she kept the family farm going until about 1984. Quite a woman. Wouldn't it be interesting for you to tell us what yours were doing? If you don't know then try to find out, it would be good for your soul.