Biographies

American women played an active role in American history. Explore some of the lesser known and famous women who impacted our nation. New biographies are regularly added, so check back to discover new stories. 

 

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Carrie Chapman Catt

Carrie Chapman Catt was a suffragist and peace activist who helped secure for American women the right to vote
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Julia Child

Famous chef, author, and television personality, Julia Child made French cuisine accessible to American audiences.
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Hillary Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton was the first woman to represent a major party in a US presidential election, the first woman to win the Iowa Presidential Caucus, first, First Lady elected to the United States Senate, and the first female senator from New York.
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Sarah Cochran

Once called America's only Coal Queen, Sarah B. Cochran was a coal industry leader and philanthropist in an era when American women couldn't universally vote or serve on juries.
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Prudence Crandall

Prudence Crandall bravely defied prevailing patterns of racial discrimination when she opened one of the first schools for African American girls in Connecticut in 1833.
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Ann Pamela Cunningham

Ann Pamela Cunningham was an early leader in historic preservation and is often credited with saving President George Washington’s estate Mount Vernon.
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Dorothea Dix

Dorothea Dix was an early 19th century activist who drastically changed the medical field during her lifetime.
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Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart was a record-breaking female aviator whose international fame paved the way for other female pilots.
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Charity Earley

Educator, soldier, and psychologist, Charity Adams Earley led the first African American women’s unit of the army on a tour of duty overseas during WWII.
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Mary Eddy

Mary Baker Eddy founded a popular religious movement during the 19th century, Christian Science.
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Betty Friedan

Journalist, activist, and co-founder of the National Organization for Women, Betty Friedan was one of the early leaders of the women’s rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s.
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Grace Frysinger

Teacher, lecturer, and author, Grace Frysinger supported rural communities throughout her career.
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Sarah Hale

Sarah Josepha Hale is best known for creating the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” Her influence can also be seen in historic sites and a national holiday still widely celebrated today.
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