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Women In History Who Made A Difference

Women have been extraordinary in their fields.

Come read and get inspired by their stories. My personal favorites, but feel free to comment and add yours.

4000 Years of Women in Science
Women are, and always have been, scientists. This site lists over 125 names from our scientific and technical past.

11 Women Who Did Groundbreaking Things That Men Got The Credit For
This goes out to all the ladies who’ve ever had their ideas mansplained back to them. In the spirit of unearthing the “hidden figures” whose stories often go untold, we’re highlighting remarkable women who, despite their contributions, were sidelined by men.

Abigail Adams
The White House page says that she “lacked a formal education,” but in a biography of her husband, John Adams, it says she was homeschooled because she had “frail health.”

Ada Lovelace
The idea of a machine that could manipulate symbols in accordance with rules and that number could represent entities other than quantity mark the fundamental transition from calculation to computation. Ada was the first to explicitly articulate this notion and in this she appears to have seen further than Babbage. She has been referred to as ‘prophet of the computer age’. Certainly she was the first to express the potential for computers outside mathematics. In this the tribute is well-founded.

Amelia Earhart, Young Air Pioneer
Did you know that Amelia Earhart built her own roller coaster before she was 10 years old? How did she do it? And what did she discover while exploring a spooky deserted cave? First chapter of a book from Patria Press.

America’s extraordinary women physicians
Their impact transcends time. Each woman has a unique story to share. Start with the six physicians featured here to learn more about their lives-what inspired them to become doctors, who their mentors were, and why medicine is important to them.

Angel Heroes
Great humanitarians. Primarily girls and women on this page, but some men as well.

Changing the Curve: Women in Computing
What do the first computer programmer, the patent holder for spread spectrum wireless communications, and the author of the first assembly language have in common? All were women, as are 34 percent of today’s web developers and 23 percent of programmers.

Declaration of the Rights of Woman, 1791
Written by Olympe De Gouges. De Gouges’s devotion to the cause of women’s rights led to her being charged with treason under the rule of the National Convention. She was arrested, tried, and later, in November of 1793, executed by the guillotine.

Ann Zeise and Delores Huerta, Oct 29, 2016

Ann Zeise and Delores Huerta, Oct 29, 2016

Dolores Huerta
Co-founder of the United Farm Workers Association, Dolores Clara Fernandez Huerta is one of the most influential labor activists of the 20th century and a leader of the Chicano civil rights movement.

Early Women in Broadcasting
A number of talented women rose to the upper echelons of their fields in the early years of broadcasting. World War II had a significant impact on some women’s opportunities, as many stations on the “home front” found themselves suddenly dependent on female labor. After the war was over, many of these women were able to retain their jobs, or to move on to others in the field, based upon the abilities and the skills that they had acquired.

Einstein’s Wife – The Life of Mileva Maric Einstein
In this brief investigation of the facts, Mileva’s life story is divided into three periods, each defined by her changing relationship with Albert. The epilogue reviews the events leading to her rediscovery in the late 1980s.

Galileo’s Daughter
124 letters written by Marie Celeste to her father, the noted astronomer Galileo, are posted on this site in English. They make a marvelous study for those interested in the lives of women in the 17th century.

Guide to Online Primary Sources: Women
Subject listings of primary sources available online: free web collections as well as UCSD subscription-based resources. Includes a custom Google search engine to keyword search across many of the listed sites.

Helen Keller – Kids Museum
“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” ~Helen Keller~ “Ask Keller”…a new interactive feature. Send your questions to Helen’s great-grandniece!

A History of the American Suffragist Movement 
Written by acclaimed women’s history expert Doris Weatherford, this landmark book chronicles the history of the women’s suffrage movement, one of the most dramatic political battles fought in the United States.


Madam C. J. Walker
This daughter of former slaves transformed herself from an uneducated farm laborer and laundress into of the twentieth century’s most successful, self-made women entrepreneur.

Margaret Mead
Famous anthropologist. Margaret was homeschooled by her grandmother, who taught her to write down her observations about her siblings.

Marie Curie
Maria Sklodowska-Curie became the first Pole to receive a Nobel Prize. Born in Warsaw, Poland, on November 7, 1867, she was one of the first woman scientists to win worldwide fame, and indeed, one of the great scientists of this century.

Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910)
Founder of Christian Science. Her formal education was interrupted by periods of sickness, but when not in school she read and studied extensively at home, writing prose and poetry from an early age.

Math’s Hidden Woman
Following is the true story of Sophie Germain, an 18th-century woman who assumed a man’s identity in order to pursue her passion — attempting to prove Fermat’s Last Theorem.

National Women’s History Museum
Take a virtual tour through the National Museum of Women’s History. View original documents and even hear songs and speeches.

Notable Women of Early America
Abigail Adams, Catherine Ferguson, Dolly Madison, Lucretia Mott, Mary Philipse, Molly Pitcher, Betsy Ross, Catharine Sedgwick, Mercy Warren, Martha Washington, Mary Ball Washington, and Phillis Wheatley.

Destitute pea pickers in California. Mother of seven children. Age thirty-two. Nipomo, California

Destitute pea pickers in California. Mother of seven children. Age thirty-two. Nipomo, California.
Photo by Dorthea Lange

Return of the 50-Foot Women
Burial mounds on the Russia-Kazakhstan border revealed the skeletal remains of women laid with legs in horseback-riding position and buried with daggers, swords and amulets of war. Nearby were the remains of men, buried with children at their side.

Rosa Parks: How I Fought for Civil Rights
“The Mother of the Modern-day Civil Rights Movement,” describes her pivotal role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott and helps students understand the importance of every individual citizen in a democracy.

Sakakawea was a Shoshone Indian girl, captured by a war party of Hidatsa Indians. Sakakawea became a valuable member of the Corps of Discovery led by Lewis and Clark, providing translation and contacts with the Shoshone living west of the Mandan and Hidatsa. Her name is also sometimes spelled (incorrectly) as Sacagawea.

Unsinkable Molly Brown, Tougher than Titanic
Margaret “Maggie” Brown owned the best of everything and traveled in some of the highest social circles. Yet, it might have been her working class background more than anything that saved her that night on the icy Atlantic.

What did you do in the war, grandma?
Consider interviewing your grandmother and writing up her story as did these teens in Rhode Island.

Women and the Holocaust
The Holocaust produced a set of experiences, responses and memories for Jewish women that do not always parallel those of Jewish men. Graphic descriptions, not for the faint of heart, yet important for brave children to read.

Women in Aviation History
Since the Wright Brothers took flight in 1903, women have made a significant contribution to aviation. The following is just a small sampling of the contributions women have made to the field of aviation.

Women in Canadian History
Comprehensive site about women in Canadian history, including quotes, photos, news, biographies, and contests.

Women In World History
An interactive site full of information and resources about women’s experiences in world history. For teenaged history buffs.

Women of the Century
Today women can be found in the halls of Congress, science labs, athletic fields-even outer space. But they didn’t arrive there overnight.

Women Who Changed History
Discover women who have made a difference, such as Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks and Sally Ride. March is Women’s History Month.

Test Your Women’s History IQ
Check your answers at the end of the article.

See also: Biographies of Famous People, Villains, and Family Members

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