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



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Jeanette Rankin: 1880-1973

First woman elected to the US Congress.
Jeanette Rankin Peace Center
Senate

Dr. Sally Ride: 1951-

The first American woman in space was also the youngest American astronaut ever to orbit Earth.

Scholastic
Lucid Interactive Article
NASA


Eleanor Roosevelt: 1884-1962

As a champion of human rights, she strove to further women's causes as well as the causes of black people, poor people, and the unemployed.

Women Hall of Fame
About.com

Elizabeth (Betsy) Ross: 1752 -1836

America's first business women and the women who sewed the American flag.
Women's History
ICSS

Sacagawea: 1787-1812

She was the interpreter for Lewis and Clark during the U.S. government's first exploration of the Northwest. Sacagawea's role was to help negotiate safe and peaceful passages through tribal lands.

Sacagawea
Women's History

Deborah Sampson: 1760-1827

First known American woman to impersonate a man in order to join the army and take part in combat.
Netsrq
Userpages
Rootsweb

Margaret Sanger: 1879-1966

Founder of the birth control movement in the United States, Sanger also started the organization that became the future Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Women Hall of Fame
MSU


Elizabeth Cochran Seaman (Nellie Bly): 1865?-1922

Helped launch a new kind of investigative journalism.
PBS
Women Writers
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Lillian Smith: 1897-1966

Exposed the vicious ways that racism destroys the human spirit. She used her stellar writing talent and class privilege to expose and challenge racism.

National Women's History Project

Elizabeth Cady Stanton: 1815-1902

The driving force behind the 1848 Convention, and for the next fifty years played a leadership role in the women's rights movement.
National Parks
Huntington
Great Women

Harriet Beecher Stowe: 1811-1896

Her most famous work was Uncle Tom's Cabin, which she wrote in 1850. The book opened up the realities of slavery to the entire world.
Digital Library
Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame

Annie Sullivan: 1866-1936

A gifted woman who taught the deaf and blind student named Helen Keller.
Ednet

Sojourner Truth: 1797-1883

A runaway slave who worked to promote the rights of women and slaves.
Great Women
Sojourner Truth
Digital Library

Harriet Tubman: 1820-1913

This abolitionist was born a slave. She eventually became a "conductor" on the Underground Railroad - a system developed by a secret group of free blacks and sympathetic whites to help runaway slaves get to free northern states. Harriet Tubman led more than 300 slaves to freedom.
Women Hall of Fame
New York History


Sarah Breedlove (Madam C.J.) Walker: 1867-1919

twentieth century's most successful, self-made women entrepreneur.
Smith and Associates

Frances Willard: 1839-1898

Leader of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union and perhaps the second best known woman in the English-speaking world during the nineteenth century.
History Ohio State
GCAH
BU

Edith Wilson: 1872-1961

First Lady whose role gained unusual significance when her husband, the President of the United States suffered prolonged and disabling illness.
Whitehouse
All Sands

Sarah Winnemucca:

A spokesperson for Indian rights.
DMLA
Great Women

Oprah Winfrey: 1954-

An actress and the host of a highly successful talk show.

Women Hall of Fame


Victoria Woodhull: 1838-1927

First woman to be nominated and campaign for the U.S.presidency.

The Women's Quarterly (Fall 1988)



Babe Didrikson Zaharias: 1914-1956

One of the greatest athletes of all time, Zaharias won track and field gold medals at the 1932 Olympics, played professional basketball, and was a founding member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association.

Women Hall of Fame

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