- Elizabeth Warren
- Shirley Chisholm
- Sandra Day O'Connor
- Madeleine Albright
- Sonia Sotomayor
- Lady Bird Johnson
- Condoleezza Rice
American academic and politician in the Democratic Party, who is currently serving as the first female U.S. Senator from Massachusetts. She was previously a Harvard Law School professor specializing in bankruptcy law and was among the most cited in the field of commercial law while at Harvard University.
First African-American woman elected to Congress and she became the first major-party black candidate for President of the United States, and the first woman ever to run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. In 2015, Chisholm was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
First female Majority Leader in the United States as the Republican leader in the Arizona Senate and then moved on to be the first woman to be appointed to the court. In 2009, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
American politician and diplomat. She is the first woman to have become the United States Secretary of State. In 2012, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
First Latina Supreme Court justice, third female justice. She graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1976 and received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1979, where she was an editor at the Yale Law Journal.
As first lady, she campaigned for environmental reform bills, she ran Lyndon Johnson's congressional office. She was the only First Lady to receive a Congressional Gold Medal.
First African-American to serve as Secretary of State
- Susan B. Anthony
- Eleanor Roosevelt
- Rosa Parks
- Harriet Tubman
- Gloria Steinem
- Alice Paul
- Yuri Kochiyama
- Jane Addams
One of the leaders of the National Women's Suffrage Movement, Anthony, along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, helped win women the right to vote, as well as fighting for the abolition of slavery.She became the first nonfictitious woman to be depicted on U.S. coinage when her portrait appeared on the 1979 dollar coin.
Beyond being the First Lady of FDR, Roosevelt was an accomplished politician in her own right, serving as the first delegate of the UN, the first chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights, and the chair of John F. Kennedy's Presidential Commission on the Status of Women. She was also an influential force in the civil rights movement, lobbying, for instance, to make lynching a federal crime.
Parks was a civil rights activist who gained national fame after refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955. After taking part in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Parks worked for U.S. Representative John Conyers and was active in the Black Power movement.
During the Civil War, Tubman was an abolitionist and spy who escaped slavery and helped about seventy other slaves to Northern safety via the network of connections and safehouses called the Underground Railroad. After the war, she worked as an activist to promote women's suffrage.
Steinem is best known for being the spokeswoman for feminist activism in the 1960s and 1970s, as a columnist for New York magazine and a founder of Ms. magazine. Along with Jane Fonda and Robin Morgan, she co-founded the Women's Media Center, devoted to improving the visibility of women in media.
Philadelphia-educated, fierce feminist and suffragist, Paul was instrumental in leading the campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment, during which she went on a hunger strike and endured imprisonment and abuse. After women won the right to vote, she led the National Woman's Party, penned the original Equal Rights Amendment, and helped ensure protection for women in the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Japanese-American activist who dedicated her life to the fight for human rights and against racism and injustice; including Black separatism, the anti-war movement, Maoist revolution, reparations for Japanese-American internees, and the rights of people imprisoned by the U.S. government for violent offenses whom she considered to be "political prisoners".
First American woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize, was a progressive reformer who promoted women's suffrage, public health, and world peace. She co-founded the ACLU in 1889, and is credited as the founder of the social work profession in the US.
- Victoria Woodhull
- Indra Nooyi
- Tory Burch
- Ariana Huffington
- Meg Whitman
- Jean Picker Firstenberg
- Mary Kay Ash
Woodhull was the first woman to run for president in 1872, nominating Frederick Douglass, the civil rights activist, as her running mate. She was the first woman to found and edit a newspaper and along with her sisters was the one of the first women stockbrokers.
India-born Nooyi is the current CEO of PepsiCo and was ranked at number 13 in Forbes' 2014 list of 100 most powerful women. Beginning her education in India, Nooyi earned a Masters from the Yale School of Management, and in 2006, she became only the fifth CEO in Pepsi's history.
American fashion designer Tory Burch is the Chairman, CEO, and Designer of Tory Burch LLC., which now has 160 stores across the world. In 2009, she founded the Tory Burch Foundation, which helps women become involved in business by offering small business loans, mentorship, and business education, funded by the sale of certain products.
Greek American author and columnist Huffington is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the hugely successful blog The Huffington Post, as well as a political commentator and number 12 on Forbes' first-ever Most Influential Women In Media list in 2009.
The only woman to have headed two large U.S. public companies: eBay and Hewlett-Packard. She is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, as well as the Chairwoman of HP Inc.
First female CEO and Director of the American Film Institute
Ash founded Mary Kay Cosmetics after her attempt to write a book that would help women succeed in business turned into a business plan itself. In addition to running the company, Ash also wrote four best-selling books and founded the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation, which combatted domestic violence and women's cancers.
Art & culture
Author of The Feminine Mystique and credited with sparking the 2nd wave of American feminism in the 20th century. She was an American writer, activist, and a leading figure in the women's movement in the United States.
A successful poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist, published numerous books, credited with many plays, movies, and television shows spanning 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees.
Recognized as "best actress of her generation", has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 19 times, more than any other actor or actress She won three times to date. President Barack Obama awarded her the 2010 National Medal of Arts, and in 2014 the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Singer-songwriter who was a pioneer of Jazz and American pop singing. Holiday is the recipient of four Grammy awards, all of them posthumous awards for Best Historical Album and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1973.
Best-selling author whose works mostly explores mother-daughter relationships and the Chinese-American experience.
Artist recognized as the "Mother of American modernism". Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Arts.
- Martha Stewart
- Ellen DeGeneres
- Julia Child
- Hillary Clinton
- Clara Barton
- Oprah Winfrey
- Mae Jemison
- Michelle Obama
Beginning as the owner of a small catering business, Stewart expanded into writing cookbooks and soon curated her brand of cooking and homemaking advice, including articles, columns, a magazine, and a television show.
DeGeneres is a successful comedian, actor, and daytime talk show host. She made history by coming out as a lesbian on the Oprah Winfrey Show, leading to some of the first-ever exploration of LGBT issues on TV. She has authored three books and started her own record company, Eleveneleven. She has won 13 Emmys, 14 People's Choice Awards, and numerous other awards.
Child was a cookbook author and television chef who brought French cuisine into the American cultural consciousness. After a career with the Office of Strategic Services, Child attending Le Cordon Bleu and later wrote the famous cookbook The French Chef and starred in several television cooking shows.
After serving as First Lady to Bill Clinton, Clinton went on to become the first female New York senator in 2000. She also served as the US Secretary of State under Barack Obama. Currently the first woman Democratic nominee for President.
After serving as a nurse in the Civil War, Barton founded the American Red Cross. Due to her aquaintance with both Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, she was also a suffragist and civil rights activist.
From an impoverished childhood in rural Mississippi, Winfrey went on to become one of the most ubiquitous media personalities of all time and the wealthiest African-American of the 20th century. Winfrey began her career co-anchoring the local news at the age of 19 and after getting involved in the Chicago talk-show circuit, her show became nationally syndicated, with her production company eventually encompassing a magazine, a book club, and a television channel.
NASA astronaut and physicist Jemison became the first black woman to travel to space when she traveled on the Space Shuttle Endeavor in 1992. She also served in the Peace Corps, holds nine honorary doctorates as well as a medical degree, and is an advocate for getting minority students involved in the sciences.
- Marion Anderson
- Sally Ride
- Amelia Earhart
- Margaret Sanger
- Elizabeth Blackwell
- Gertrude B. Elion
Sacagawea was a Lemhi Shoshone woman who assisted Lewis and Clark in their expedition across the US. Between 1804 and 1806, she acted as a navigator, interpretor, natural researcher, and cultural liaison with other Native American tribes.
Anderson was a Philadelphia born concert vocalist and one of the most venerated singers of the twentieth century. Refused permission to sing for an integrated audience at Constitution Hall because she was black, Anderson performed a famous open-air concert on April 9, 1939 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and went on to become the first black person to perform at the Metropolitan Opera.
In 1983, Ride, a physicist and astronaut, became the first woman to travel to space, flying twice on the Challenger. At 32, she was also the youngest person to ever travel to space, and, as was revealed posthumously, the first LGBT astronaut.
In addition to being the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, Earhart was also the author of three best-selling books about her experiences, the founder of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots, and an avid supporter of women's rights.
The founder of the American Birth Control League, which later became Planned Parenthood, Sanger opened the first birth-control clinics in America, wrote two columns about sexual education, published a monthly feminist newsletter called The Woman Rebel, and was an activist against the government's censorship of contraceptive information.
Blackwell was both the first woman to recieve a medical degree in the US and the first woman to be on the UK Medical Register, as well as the first woman to ever graduate from medical school. With her sister Emily, the third woman to recieve a medical degree in the US, and Marie Zakrzewska, a German medical student, she founded the New York Infirmary for Indigent Women and Children, which employed female doctors and trustees, as well as serving as a training facility for nurses.
EliBiochemist and pharmacologist who won the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her work developing new pharmaceutical drugs. Her research led to the creation of the early AIDS drug AZT.