Distinguished Women Past and Present
Women in American History
National Women Hall of Fame
National Women's History Project

Click below to take you to a site listing American women by last name.

Mary Hays (Molly Pitcher): 1760-1843

Showed bravery during the Battle of Monmouth.
United States Field Artilillery Assoc.
American Revolution

Mary Harris (Mother) Jones: 1837-1930

America's first labor organizer.
The Illinois Labor History Society
Digital Library

LaDonna Harris: 1931-

Harris is the President and Founder of Americans for Indian Opportunity.


Grace Hopper: 1906-1992

A computing trailblazer, Grace Hopper invented one of the first easy-to-use computer languages.

Women Hall of Fame

Dolores Huerta: 1930-

A spokesperson for the rights of workers, Dolores Huerta helped create the National Farm Workers Association.

Women Hall of Fame

Shirley Jackson: 1946-

She is the first female African American to receive a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Jackson is the former head of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
National Women's History Project

Jackie Joyner-Kersee: 1962-

She dominated the Olympic sport of heptathlon, a series of six demanding events. Joyner-Kersee won the Olympic gold medal for the United States in 1988 and1992, and set the world record.

Distinguished Women
Sports Illustrated

Helen Keller: 1880-1968

A childhood disease left her deaf, mute, and blind. Helen Keller became an expert author and lecturer, educating nationally on behalf of others with similar disabilities.

Women Hall of Fame

Queen Liliuokalani: 1838-1917

Indiana Wesleyan University

Belva Lockwood: 1830-1917

University of Houston
Distinguished Women
Women in American History

Maya Lin: 1960-

The designer of two of America's most powerful monuments.The Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, and The Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.

National Women's History Project

Margaret Mead: 1901-1978

America's first women anthropologist.

Women Hall of Fame

Annie (Oakley) Moses: 1860-1926

The worlds best trickshooter.

Carrie Nation: 1846-1911

A woman who made an important part in the drive for Prohibition.

Ellen Ochoa: 1958-

As an astronaut and researcher of advanced optical information systems, Ochoa flew her first shuttle mission in 1993 as a Mission Specialist with the Discovery crew. The first Hispanic woman to be named an astronaut.


Sandra Day O'Connor: 1930-

As the first woman appointed to the position of U.S. Supreme Court justice, she carved a place for women at all levels of the legal profession.

Women Hall of Fame

Charlene (Charley) Parkhurst: unknown- 1879

Female stagecoach driver and first woman in the United States to vote in a presidential election.

Rosa Parks: 1913-

When she refused to give up her seat to a white person on a crowded bus, Rosa Parks set in motion the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a cornerstone of the civil rights movement.


Esther Peterson: 1906-1997

Peterson worked throughout her life for consumer protection, Improved labor conditions for American workers, and equal opportunity for American women.

National Women's History Project


Worked to maintain peace between the Powhattan Indians and the English Jamestown Colonists.
Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities
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