Child was an educated women, at a nearby Medford public school, unlike most during this time. She broke the stereotypes by being an educated women writer. She was a young author at the age of 22. She wrote scandalous books too. Lydia Child supported minorities, which was some what uncommon in authors. Child started the first children magazine. She also wrote advice about house keeping, and other helpful things for military wives, and wives in general, during this time. Women during this time would follow the advice, found in her books, to break the traditional women rolls.
She played a major role in the war by helping the slaves transition into their new free lives. She did this by writing a book called Freedmen’s Book. In this book she gave them advice and had stories from other influences that helped advise them too. She influenced slaves to read to others, so all could follow the advice. She did all of her work to send educational materials to slaves. However, her work never paid much and her husband’s schemes kept them in debt most of her life.