|16 year-old Jessica Watson sails solo||A Powerful Noise promotes the global empowerment of women||Abigail Adamsmended the riff between two former U.S. presidents.||Abigail Disney is a philanthropist and documentary filmmaker who focuses on social issues.|
|Ada Aharoniworks for peace between Israelis and Palestinians with poetry.||Ada Lovelacewas a ninteenth century woman who influenced the computer programming of today||Adi Rochefounded an organization that helps orphans of nuclear disaster.||Aletta Jacobswas a Dutch doctor, a feminist, a pacifist, and a human rights activist.|
|Alexandrine Tinne was a young Dutch explorer and the first female to attempt to cross the Sahara.||Alice Baum and her husband Don Burnes left behind their careers to help the homeless.||Alice Waterscreated the world famous Edible Schoolyard Project.||Alicia O’Brienwas
the inspiration for Cherie Bennett’s novel,Zink.
|Amy Biehl gave her life to ending apartheid in South Africa.||Amy Charkowskiworks on the front lines of protecting Earth’s food supply.||Andrea Mia Ghez is an astrophysicist best known for her discoveries about the black hole at the center of our galaxy.||Angela Brooks is an architect who works to create sustainable and affordable housing.|
Children’s Hospice Internationalmeet the special needs of children with life-threatening conditions.
|Anna Akhmatovais considered one of Russia’s best poets.||Anna Jarvis is the mother of Mother’s Day.||Anne Frankwrote: ‘Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart. ‘|
|Annie Mansfield Sullivan Macydeveloped new methods for teaching blind and deaf students.||Artemisia Gentileschi was a female post-Renaissance artist who tackled challenging themes.||Audrey Penn:
Just Do It is a medical doctor who has devoted herself to studying diseases that affect muscle control.
|Augusta Ada Byron developed the world’s first computer program while struggling with her own personal hardships.|
|Aung San Suu Kyi has dedicated her life to freeing Burma from a repressive dictatorship and creating democracy without violence.||Azie Mortonvalued education and gave back to her community.||Barbara McClintock was one of the first women geneticists, and a Nobel laureate.||Becky Matkovworks to preserve Miami’s indigenous history.|
|Bella Abzugwas a New York Congresswoman who fought for women’s rights.||Beth Rickard
Environmentalistis an advocate of solar as the energy of the future.
|Billie Jean Kingis an advocate for women in sports and champion tennis player||C. Vivian Stringer despite great challenges, pursued her passion for basketball and is known for turning women into champions.|
|Catherine Malonza saved her brother’s life.||Cathy Freemanwins races and respect for the plight of native Australian people.||Chamique Holdsclaw is one of the most celebrated players in women’s basketball.||Chi Nguyen was honored for helping street children in Vietnam.|
|Chiaki Mukai is the first female Japanese astronaut.||Chief Wilma Mankiller was the first woman to serve as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.||Christiane Nusslein-Volhard is a Nobel Prize winner and pioneer genetic researcher.||Christine de Pisan was a 15th century French poet.|
|Christine Silverberg was the first female Chief of Police in Canada.||Claire Lalannefounded the Center for Nutritional Recovery.||Clara Bartonwas known as the ‘Angel of the Battlefield.’||Clara Hale was foster mother and founder of the Hale House.|
|Clara Shortridge Foltz was the first woman to practice law in California.||Claudia Gerwin:
Keeping the Neurons Firingresearches how nerve cells relay messages to each other.
|Clotilde Dedeckerprovides educational opportunities for girls in Afghanistan.||Connie Samarashas created media archives for deep space voyages.|
|Constance Motley became the first African-American woman judge on the largest federal trial bench in the US.||Corinne Almquistvolunteers to restore the tradition of gleaning.||Corrie Ten Boomrisked her life to help hundreds of Jews escape during WWII.||Courtney Schumacher is an atmospheric scientist and educator committed to mentoring young women interested in science.|
Biologiststudies intertidal and tropical sponges.
|Dame Cicely Saundersfounded the modern hospice to provide compassionate, holistic care to the dying.||Dana Reeve was an actress and advocate for the disabled. She was the heroic wife of Christopher Reeve.||Daphna Zimanfounded Children Uniting Nations.|
|Darlene Kettenstudies stranded whales and dolphins.||Debbye Turnerbecame Miss America and pursued her dream to become a veterinarian.||Deborah Sampson was the first American woman who fought as a man for freedom.||DeeDee Jonroweis a veteran dog sled musher in the Iditarod Race|
|Denis Mukwege Helps Women Ravaged By Congo War||Derartu Tuluwas the first African woman to win an Olympic gold medal.||Dian Fosseyworked to protect the endangered Mountain Gorilla.||Diane Challis Davy directs the Laguna Beach Pageant of the Masters.|
|Dilfuza Egamberdiyevacares for the Earth’s soil, researching ways to produce microbes to control plant diseases.||Dolley Madisonwas admired for her social graces, courage and patriotism as First Lady of the US.||Dolores Olmedo Patino was a Mexican businesswoman, philanthropist, and art collector.||Doreen Van Leewrites about her Chicago childhood.|
|Dorothea Langecaptured powerful moments in history with a keen eye for the human condition.||Dorothea Lynde Dix was an advocate for the rights of the mentally ill.||Dorothy (Mama Dot) Humbertinspired her family when she went back to college in her 70s.||Dorothy Height
civil rights activist
dies at 98
|Dr. Barbara Ross Leebecame the first African American woman dean of a US medical school.||Dr. Caldicott has been a lifelong anti-nuclear activist.||Dr. Carolyn Mazure founded the Yale Women’s Health Program and is a forceful figure in the women’s health movement.||Dr. Elizabeth Kalko
and the Jason Project studies bats in the Panamanian rainforest.
|Dr. Ella Mae Piper helped young people and the elderly in her community of Fort Myers.||Dr. Elvia Niebla
Soil Scientist is dedicated to soil conservation.
|Dr. France Cordova is a renowned
has broken gender
and cultural barriers.
|Dr. Gloria WilderBrathwaitewas inspired to provide health care to the poor in the innner city.|
|Dr. Ines Cifuentes
Seismologistworks to improve science programs for students in Washington, DC.
|Dr. Karen Plauthas been a pioneer in animal science research.||Dr. Kay Jamisonis both an expert on, and a sufferer of, Bipolar Disorder.||Dr. Kristi Curry-Rogers is an accomplished paleontologist who travels the globe in search of dinosaur digs.|
|Dr. Sara W. Lazar
Neuroscientist – Meditatorresearches the effects of meditation on the brain.
|Dr. Shirley McGreal founded the International Primate Protection League.||Dr. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh is a scientist dedicated to the study and conservation of bonobos.||Dr. Susan Loveis committed to women’s health issues.|
|Dr. Zeda Rosenberg is working to protect women from HIV/AIDS.||Edith Cavell was a nurse who risked her own safety to help others during WWI||Edmonia Lewisdefied restrictions on black women and achieved respect in the art community.||Edna St. Vincent Millay ‘s poetry was both popular and critically acclaimed.|
|Eleanor of Aquitaine
was a powerful and independant woman in the Middle Ages.
|Eleanor Roosevelt was a champion for freedom and devoted her life to gaining rights for others||Eleanor Roosevelt was a dedicated and strong voice for her husband, FDR, and for the United States.||Elizabeth Blackwellbecame the first female doctor and opened the first medical school for women.|
|Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a pioneer in the movement for women’s rights.||Elizabeth Daleyhas created an outstanding multi media educational program that serves as a model for the world.||Elizabeth Glasercreated the Pediatric AIDS Foundation.||Elizabeth Jane Cochrane
(Nellie Bly) was a journalist who went around the world in 72 days.
|Ellen Churchpioneered the idea of having flight attendants on flights.||Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the first woman president of an African nation, Liberia.||Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is the president of Liberia and the first woman to be head of state in all of Africa.||Ellen Lee DeGeneres is a comedienne and advocate for disadvantaged children, animals, and cancer survivors.|
|Ellen MacArthurhas broken numerous records with her courageous solo sailing adventures.||Ellen Ochoa was the first Hispanic woman astronaut.||Emily Elizabeth Dickinson wrote nearly 2,000 poems in her lifetime.||Emily Greene Balch received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1946.|
|Emily Murphywas a key figure in the women’s rights movement in Canada.||Emily Pozocreated ICE to assist and educate residents of the Galapagos Islands||Emma Lazaruswas an advocate for immigrants’ rights and wrote the poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty.||Emme Aronson is an outspoken advocate for bettering self esteem and body images.|
|Erin Gruwell is the founder of Freedom Writers and an inspiration to teachers and students around the world.||Eunice Kennedy Shriverdedicated her life to raising awareness and creating opportunities for the intellectually disabled.||Fadela Amara is recognized throughout France as a champion of women’s rights.||Fannie Lou Hamer was a civil rights leader and voting rights advocate.|
|Farkhonda Hassan is an Egyptian politician, scientist, professor, and women’s rights activist.||Fateme was the prophet Mohammad’s daughter and a leader to the people.||Fati Kirakoya is a researcher committed to finding solutions to end HIV/AIDS.||Fay Clayton is an attorney who works pro bono assisting civil rights cases.|
|Florence Griffith-Joynerwas one of the greatest athletes of all time.||Florence Kelleywas an outspoken leader against child labor.||Florence Kelleywas a faithful fighter for child labor laws, women’s rights, and civil rights in the U.S.||Florence Ngobeniurges African leaders to work for AIDS prevention.|
|Florence Nightingalerevolutionized nursing.||Frances Ellen Watkins was a prolific author and poet who devoted her life to speaking out against slavery.||Frances Moore Lappe works to eliminate the injustices that cause hunger.||Frida Kahlobecame a famous Mexican artist despite polio and injuries.|
|Gabrielle (Coco) Chanelrevolutionized women’s fashion and empowered women||Gail Kaaialii:
Biologistinvestigates the origins of life and helps others value all life forms.
|Gerda Klein is a Holocaust survivor who works to stamp out intolerance, hatred, and childhood hunger.||Gertrude B. Eliondeveloped
the AIDS drug, AZT.
|Gina Gallant is an inventor whose
passion is protecting the environment.
|Grace Lee Boggshas advocated for marginalized people for over 70 years||Grace Murray Hopper was a computer visionary and naval officer.||Harriet Tubmanorganized the Underground Railroad and helped lead slaves to freedom.|
|Hattie Elizabeth Alexandersaved the lives of thousands of children through her work.||Hazel Bartoncombines her passion for caving with researching microbes.||Hazviperi Betty Makoni founded the Girl Child Network to transform lives.||Helen Adams Keller wrote about her own life and education.|
|Helen Freemansurvived the Holocaust and shares her story.||Helene Gayle is one of the leading authorities on AIDS research.||Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlandshonors the bond formed between Canada and Holland during WWII with tulips.||Hermine Santrouschitz
(Miep Gies) kept Anne Frank and her family safely hidden from the Nazis.
|Heroic WomenNobel Laureate Wangari Maathai writes about the heroic women who have inspired her.||Holly Cartergives kids and others the tools to tell their stories.||Ilse Bing was a remarkable poet and photographer. Her works withstand the test of time.||Inez Milholland Boissevain lived a brief but spectacular life dedicated to women’s suffrage.|
|Irene Curie was the second woman in history to win the Nobel Prize in science; the first woman was her mother, Marie.||Isabel Allende is one of the first and most successful, eloquent, and admired female novelists in Latin America.||J.K. Rowling is the author of the Harry Potter books.||Jacqueline Edelbergbelieves every child deserves a great neighborhood public school|
|Jane Addamswas a leading reformist and peace advocate.||Jane Mt. Pleasant is an agricultural scientist who looks to the past to meet today’s farming needs.||Janet GuthrieFirst woman to race in the Indianapolis 500||Janet Jagan was the first female president of Guyana and dedicated her life to building the independence of a nation.|
|Jessie Christophersonhelps the physically and mentally challenged accomplish things they never thought possible.||Jessie Daniel Ames worked openly and actively on behalf of racial justice.||Joan of Arc died for her beliefs.||Jody Williams is a human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner who began a campaign to rid the world of landmines.|
|Johnie Sue Reinhard is a cancer survivor who inspires others with her positive attitude and tenacity for life.||Josefina Lopezis a Latina screenwriter
who believes in the
power of women.
|Josephine Ruffinserved as the editor and publisher of the first newspaper published by and for African-American women.||Judit Polgar is breaking the gender barrier in the world of chess.|
|Judith A. Resnikinspired others with her determination to become a scientist and an astronaut.||Judy Warnerworked to create a public high school for technology.||Julia Hillbrought public attention to deforestation in California.||Julie Krone a female jockey and first woman to win the Triple Crown|
|Karen Tse is an attorney dedicated to ensuring basic legal rights for Asian citizens.||Karla Diane Hurrell and her husband have fostered over 150 children.||Kateri Tekakwitha was an early convert to Cathlicism and has been beatified.||Kathy Eldoninspired by her son, works for peace and tolerance.|
|Kathy Sullivanwas the first American woman to walk in space.||Katie Lee is a passionate advocate for wilderness.||Kelly Perkinsclimbs mountains to raise support for organ donation.||Kory Johnsonwas honored with the Goldman Environmental Prize in 1998.|
|Laura Bushworks to promote early literacy and encourages families to read together.||Laura Ingalls Wilder offered young readers a glimpse of American life in the 1800s.||Laura Nietzerinspires her students through the MY HERO Learning Circle.||Laurel Burch is an artist who has inspired other artists and women in need across the globe|
|Le Ly Hayslip is a humanitarian, memoirist, and powerful peacemaker.||Leslie Thompsonis a scientist devoted to finding a cure for Huntington’s Disease.||Libby Riddleswon the Iditarod dog sled race in 1985.||Lillie Hitchcock-Coit was a turn of the century firefighting hero.|
|Lucy Stone was a pioneer for womens rights.||Luz Maria Rodriguez-Fernandezconducts cancer research to help understand the disease process.||Lydia Maria Child wrote brilliantly to advocate for the abolition of slavery.||Madam C.J. Walker used her business success to fight discrimination and open doors for others.|
|Madame Curiereceived the Nobel Prize for her discovery of Radium.||Madeleine L’Engle , the award-winning author of A Wrinkle in Timeinspired young people with her books.||Mae Jemisondreamed of going to space since childhood.||Magdalena Hurtado is an anthropologist who studies the Ache people of Paraguay.|
|Malika Sanderswas born into the Civil Rights Movement and continues work today.||Margot Fonteynwas a world-renowned dancer.||Maria Josephine Barrios Filipina poet and activist||Maria Montessorideveloped a new approach to education.|
|Mariama Khanwrites poetry to champion the cause of the voiceless.||Marian Anderson
was a world-renowned opera singer.
|Marian Wright Edelman is one of the country’s leading advocates for children.||Marie Curiediscovered radioactivity as an atomic property, opening the door to 20th century science.|
|Mariel (Mia) Hamm has inspired the next generation of women athletes with her talent, her mentoring and her humanitarian work.||Marjory Stoneman Douglas worked tirelessly to preserve the Everglades.||Mary Baker Eddywas the founder of Christian Science.||Mary Edwards Walker was the first and only woman to receive the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor|
|Mary Harris Jones worked to free men, women, and children from industrial slavery.||Mary Lou Naso & Harry visit hospitals to spread smiles.||Mary Lyon
established the U.S.’s first college for women.
|Mary Mason LyonMary Lyon, an American pioneer, transformed education for women.|
|Mary Spauldinginspires her fellow college friend with her determination.||Maxine Watersis a Congresswoman who works fervently for her community.||Maya Angelou is a beloved female author and poet.||Maya Lin is an architect and sculptor.|
|Meenakshi Wadhwastudies meteorites and the processes involved in their formation.||Mia Hamm has inspired the next generation of women athletes.||Michelle Obama Makes Appearance at
The Women’s Conference
|Mildred “Babe” Didriksonexcelled in every sport she played.|
|Mother Teresagained international prominence as a modern-day saint.||Mrs. Mei Ng:
Friends of the Earth
(Hong Kong)uses education to foster environmental awareness in China
and the Eradication
of Malaria Project are working in India to educate the public.
|Myanmar warns Suu Kyi her tour could trigger riots|
|Nawal El Saadawicontinued writing while in prison, her words could not be silenced.||Nellie McClungbelieved in equal rights for all women||Nickole Evans is using technology for peace.||Ntozake Shange
is the inventor of the choreopoem.
|Oprah was honored by the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity .||Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy for Girls has opened up opportunities to South African girls.||Oriana Fallaciwas an important Italian journalist.||Oseola McCarty
donated her life
savings so others
could go to college.
|Pam Smith-Rodden helped turn a dream into a reality for an author and a community.||Pedal = Sighttells how a bicycle can change a life.||Phillis Wheatleywas the first distinguished African-American poet.||Picabo Street is one of the greatest alpine skiers ever.|
|Pleasant T. Rowlandcreated the American Girls Collection.||Princess Dianacampaigned passionately for various causes.||Queen Emmaleft a legacy of hospitals and schools for the people of Hawaii||Queen Noorpassionately works for peace, human rights, and wildlife conservation.|
|Queen Rania of Jordan is a crusader for the rights of women and children.||RA Kartinifought for women’s rights in Indonesia||Rachel Carsonwas the mother of the environmental movement.||Raden Ajeng Kartinichampioned education and civil rights for women in Indonesia.|
|Raden Ayu Kartini worked to give Indonesian women the right to an education||Raja Wekslerhelped her daughter survive in a concentration camp.||RAWA promotes women’s rights through non-violent action.||Rigoberta Menchu Tum was the first Guatemalan to
receive the Nobel
|Roberta Guaspari-Tzavaras uses music to inspire children to learn.||Robyn Van Enworked to save organic farming businesses in North America.||Rokhaya Gueyetreats malaria and
raises awareness about women’s health issues in Senegal.
|Rosa Parks made history when she refused to sit in the back of the bus.|
|Rosalynn Carteris a humanitarian and former First lady who inspires others through her good works.||Rosario Iglesiaswas 80 years old when she became a runner and started to win medals.||Rose Marie Thomasdonated time and effort to combatting childhood catastrophic diseases.||Rosemarie L. Poeppelman is a foster mom and an adoptive parent who has changed the lives of many children.|
|Rosemary MacAdam is a young activist determined to fight the oppression of women in sweatshops.||Ruby Bridgesbravely led the way to desegregation of schools as a child.||Ruth DeGolia:
Mercado Globalworks to help poor communities that have seen the collapse of prices for their locally grown crops.
|Ruth Simmons is breaking down barriers in the world of higher education.|
|Sabriye Tenberkenhelps to educate and better the lives of blind people living in Tibet.||Sacajaweaguided Lewis and Clark across the northwestern territories.||Sally Foxproduced a cotton that naturally comes in different colors.||Sally Kristen Ride was the first woman to go into space.|
|Sally Ride was the first American woman to go into space.||Sandra Begay-Campbell is a Native American engineer who brings solar-powered energy to the Navajo reservation.||Sandra Kay Yowis a groundbreaking women’s basketball coach and founder of Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund.||Sandra Postelbelieves in the importance of water conservation.|
|Sandra Schmirler was Saskatchewan’s beloved curling champion.||SAUR MARLINA MANURUNGprovides educational opportunities in a remote Indonesian village.||September McGee is an artist and a teacher.||Shania Twain is a beloved country music singer who overcame the odds.|
|Shannon Hackett studies the genetic diversity and evolution in tropical birds.||Sindhu Ravishankarcreated the Vivid Vision Project to provide accessible eye care to impoverished communities in India.||Soedati Warsito Rasman is a motivated activist for Indonesia’s needy.||Sojourner Truthborn into slavery, worked for the freedom of all.|
|Solar Sister Wants to Light Up Rural Africa||Sonia Sotomayoris the first Hispanic US Supreme Court Justice.||Sor Juana Inez de la Cruzcouldn’t live
4 Women in Orbit
at Same Time
|Stephanie Jenouvrier is a population ecologist researching the effects of climate change on emperor penguins.||Susan B. Anthony led the early Women’s Suffrage Movement.||Susie King Taylor was a pioneer in the struggle for African American women’s rights.||Suzanne Mubarak works to ensure education for the children of Egypt and the world.|
|Sylvia Earle is a marine biologist and ambassador of the oceans.||Tania Ruiz is an astrophysicist committed to science education and helping women reach their goals.||Tendol Gyalzurprovides a home and family for Tibetan and Chinese orphans.||Thais Corralgives women a voice in their communities through access to communication technology.|
|Titiek Puspawith her music and compassionate lyrics has inspired women throughout Indonesia.||Tostan Founder
Molly Melchingempowers African communities to bring about positive social transformation based on respect for human rights.
|University of Washington botanist
Estella Leopold awarded Cosmos Prize
|Usha Varanasi is the first woman to lead a Fisheries Science Center.|
|Venus Williamswon the 2000 US Open tennis tournament.||Vicky Colbert de Arboleda is a leader in the movement to transform education in Colombia to provide equal access to all children.||Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for President of the U.S.||Viola Vaughnfounded an organization that supports girls working to achieve academic success in Africa.|
|Visaka Dharmadasaworks to ease the horrors of war in Sri Lanka.||Wang Yani has
been painting since
she was three
|Waris Dirieworks to protect the rights of women.||Whitehouse Backs Bid
to Encourage Women Scientists
|Wilma Rudolphwas the first American woman to win 3 Olympic gold medals.||Winnifred Mason Huck helped to transform the life experience of American women in just three generations.||Winnifred Mason Huck was the third US Representative and an investigative journalist.||Women Heroes
Of the Early West were strong, valiant women who broke social constraints.
|Women Making Slow But Sure Strides
In Science and Math
|Womens Peace Movement of Liberia stopped the violence in through peaceful means.||Yuri Masonshared her love of life and peace through the power of her paintings.||Zaha Hadid is the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize.|
|Zohra Ben Lakhdar is a physicist from Africa who does research on atomic spectroscopy.|