Biographies

Women have always played an active role in history. Explore some of the historical pioneers and contemporary newsmakers that continue to impact the world. New biographies are added regularly, so check back to discover new stories!

 

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Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson catalyzed the global environmental movement with her 1962 book Silent Spring.
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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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Sandra Cisneros

Internationally recognized writer Sandra Cisneros is best known for "The House on Mango Street," which has sold over six million copies.
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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 B. 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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Bessie Coleman

Bessie Coleman soared across the sky as the first African American, and the first Native American woman pilot.
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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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Jane Arminda Delano

Jane Delano was the superintendent of the Army Nurse Corps and inspired many women to become nurses around the world.
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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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