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.

Jane Addams: 1860-1935

America's first social worker
Jane Addams, Mother of Social Work
Jane Addams, Lincoln Library
Jane Addams

Louisa May Alcott: 1832-1888

Author who produced the first literature for the mass market of juvenile girls in the 19th century.
Women Hall of Fame

Susan B. Anthony: 1820-1906

Susan B. Anthony fought for women's right to vote. She was also very involved in the fight against slavery and the temperance campaign to limit the use of alcohol.

Women Hall of Fame
Women's History
Women's History

Clara Barton: 1821-1912

Clara Barton was the first Army nurse during the Civil War. She later was the founder and first president of the American Red Cross.
Women Hall of Fame
Civil War Home
Dansville Public Library

Catherine Beecher: 1800-1878

Sister of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Together they worked for abolition and women's rights.
The Beecher tradition

Mary Bethune: 1821-1910

Worked to ensure education for blacks in America.

KRON-TV Black History Month

Elizabeth Blackwell: 1821-1910

First American woman awarded a medical degree by a college. Pioneer in educating women in medicine.

Hobart & Williams Collegel

Women's History

Amelia Bloomer: 1818-1894

Worked for women's rights.

Fact Monster

National Park Service

Molly Brown: 1867-1932


Margaret Bourke-White: 1904-1971

Margaret Bourke-White is a woman of many firsts. She was a forerunner in the newly emerging field of photojournalism, and was the first female to be hired as such.

Women in History

Distinguished Women

Pearl S. Buck: 1892-1973

With her novels about American and Asian culture, she became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Women Hall of Fame

Rachel Carson: 1907-1964

One of America's influential ecologist
Women Hall of Fame

Jacqueline Cochran: 1924-

One of the first female aviators and the first women to break the sound barrier.

Women Hall of Fame

Dorothea Dix: 1802-1887

Worked for the mentally ill in America
Women Hall of Fame

Amelia Earhart: 1897-1937

The first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.

The History Net

Mary Baker Eddy: 1821-1910

Only American woman to found a lasting American-based religion, the Church of Christ, Scientist.

Women Hall of Fame

Gertrude Ederle: 1906-

First Women to swim the English Channel
Michigan State University

Sarah Edmonds:1842-1898

Female spy and soldier during the Civil War
Civil War

Fannie Farmer: 1857-1915

America's first scientific cook.
Women's History

Ella Fitzgerald: 1918-1996

Considered one of the greatest jazz singers of all time, Ella Fitzgerald was the winner of 12 Grammy Awards.

Women Hall of Fame
Family Internet

Elizabeth (Mumbet) Freeman: unknown - 1829

The first person to challenge the legality of slavery.
Elizabeth (Mumbet) Freeman
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