Take a moment to reflect on past events in your life. Who are some strong women role models who helped you along the path to where you are now? Was it your mother? Maybe a grandmother or another close female relative? Or was it a teacher that helped you understand a complex lesson? Maybe you were impacted by a book written by a female author. Whatever their role in your life, it is always wonderful to reflect on how these women have furthered your growth as a person and what their actions have taught you.
Here is a list of some remarkable women who have made large impacts on society:
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton (November 12, 1815 – October 21, 1902). One of the pioneers for women’s rights and advocacy, Stanton is often a forgotten figure in history. If you are interested in learning more about her early contributions to social activism and women’s rights, click here.
- Harriet Tubman (1819/20 – March 10, 1913). Many are familiar with Tubman’s work to help slaves escape through the Underground Railroad. Her life and remarkable resiliency in the face of racism and slavery are important to acknowledge. To learn more about her experiences, click here.
- Susan B. Anthony (February 15, 1820 – March 13, 1906). An early advocate for women’s rights, Anthony spent years fighting for equality and making sure women were provided with the same opportunities available to men. Click here to read about Anthony’s life and contributions.
- Louisa May Alcott (November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888). Many know her for the novel Little Women, but did you know that Alcott was also a nurse during the Civil War? If you want to learn more about Alcott’s life, click here.
- Marie Curie (November 7, 1867 – July 4, 1934). Curie was a renowned chemist and physicist who is the only woman to have won two Nobel Prizes in separate fields. To read more about her remarkable accomplishments, click here.
- Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962). Though most know her as the wife of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Eleanor was also a writer and women’s activist. To learn more about her early life and accomplishments, click here.
- Margaret Chase Smith (December 14, 1897 – May 29, 1995). Smith is the first woman to hold a seat in congress, after she took over her husband’s position following his untimely death. For eight years, Smith served in both the House of Representatives and Senate. To learn about Smith’s amazing accomplishments, click here.
- Rosa Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005). Parks is well known for her advocacy for equal rights for all individuals. To learn more about her life, click here.
- Mildred Ella “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias (June 11, 1911 – September 27, 1956). Zaharias was known as the “World’s Greatest Female Athlete,” and was a gold medal winner during the Olympics. To learn about her amazing accomplishments and dedication, click here.
- Gloria Steinem (March 25, 1934 -). Steinem is a remarkable journalist, who is not only known for her writing abilities, but also her impact in the fight for women’s rights. To learn more about her, click here.
Written by: Kaycee Grancher