Women from all walks of life who have made a difference



16 year-old Jessica Watson sails solo

around the world

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.
Ann Armstrong-Dailey
Children’s Hospice International
meet 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
is 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 Firing
researches 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.
Cristina Diaz:
studies 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
astrophysicist who
has broken gender
and cultural barriers.
Dr. Gloria WilderBrathwaitewas inspired to provide health care to the poor in the innner city.
Dr. Ines Cifuentes
works 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 – Meditator
researches 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:
investigates 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
Mrs. Nirmala
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
Peace Prize.
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 Global
works 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
without learning.
Spacewoman Power:
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 Melching
empowers 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
years old.
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.

Source: http://myhero.com/women_heroes/


2 thoughts on “Women from all walks of life who have made a difference

  1. HI, there I like to have email address for Mital Patel . I am planning to visit India and I like to meet her and I can help her many way and I like to study about all those women because one time I was there and I fought so hard with my faith and god strength with me so Please can you send me her email or her Phone number?

    Thank you all those women who know how to fight and make someone life different.


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