HIGHLIGHTING THE STORIES

OF 20 TRAILBLAZING WOMEN IN HISTORY

Lucretia Mott
1793 - 1800

A women's rights and civil rights activist. She was the leading social reformer of her time and helped to form the Free Religious Association

Abby Keller Foster
1811 - 1887

Radical social reformer, feminist, abolitionist, and lecturer. She was a prominent and outspoken member of the American Anti-Slavery Society and served as the leading inspiration for the woman who organized the Seneca Falls Convention.  

Amelia Bloomer
1818 - 1894

Women's right activist, journalist, and publisher. Advocated for changes in women's fashion that would be less restrictive. The phrase "Bloomers," representing pantaloons, are named after her. 

Susan B. Anthony
1820 - 1906

Editor, Publisher, Women and Civil Rights Activist, Journalist. Established the Women's NY State Temperance Society, American Equal Rights Association, National Woman Suffrage Association, created "The Revolution" publication and worked as an agent for the American Anti-Slavery Society.

Carrie Chapman Catt
1859 - 1947

Political strategist, suffragist, and peace activist. She directed the National American Woman Suffrage Association, founded the League of Women Voters, and founded the International Woman Suffrage Alliance to spread democracy around the globe.

Sojourner Truth 
1797 - 1883

Women and civil rights activist. Born a slave, she escaped with her infant child to freedom in 1826. She became an outspoken activist for prison reform, property rights, and universal suffrage. Most famous for her "Ain't I A Woman speech in 1851.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton
1815 - 1902

Women's rights activist and early leader of the woman's rights movement, writing the Declaration of Sentiments as a call to arms for female equality. 

Maria Mitchell
1818 - 1889

An astronomer, educator, and scientist. The first professional female astronomers in the United States. She discovered a new comet in 1947 that became known as "Miss Mitchell's Comet."

Clara Barton
1821 - 1912

An educator, nurse, and founder of the American Red Cross. Label the "Angel of the Battlefield," Barton aided injured soldiers during the Civil War. She founded the American Red Cross Society in 1881 and served as the first president.

Juliette Gordon Low
1860 - 1927

A philanthropist. Founded the Girl Scouts of the United States of America in 1911. 

Florence Bascom
1862 - 1945

Professional researcher and the 2nd woman to receive a PhD in geology. Her worked furthered geologists understanding of how the Appalachian Mountains formed, and mapped a bit of the US. Most notably, she was the first woman to be hired by the US Geological Survey in 1896.

Mary Church Terrell
1863 - 1954

A women and civil rights activist. Founded the National Association of Colored Women in 1896, first to serve on a committee that investigated police brutality of African American, and oversaw the Brown v. Board of Education ruling in 1954.

Mary McLeod Bethune
1875 - 1955

An educator, stateswoman, philanthropist, humanitarian, and civil rights activist. She held many positions in civic organizations  and was known as "The First Lady of Struggle" from her unwavering commitment to gain better lives for African Americans. 

Lois Weber
1879 - 1939

A silent screen actress, screenwriter, producer, and director. Considered the most important female director the American film industry has ever known. She is known for pioneering the use of split screen technique to show simultaneous action.

Ida Tarbell
1892 - 1926

A journalist and women's rights activist. Being the only women graduate of her 1880 class, she worked tirelessly and pioneered investigative reporting. Her reporting tactics exposed and dismantled the unfair practices of the Standard Oil Company

Alice Ball
1892 - 1916

A chemist. The first African-American woman to graduate with a M.S. degree in chemistry and the first to develop a successful treatment for those suffering from Hansen's disease, otherwise known as leprosy

Nannie Helen Burroughs
1878 - 1961

Religious leader, businesswoman, feminist, public speaker, and educator. Helped launched the National Association of Color Women, was a prominent leader in the National Baptist Convention, and founded the National Training School for Women and Girls in DC

Alice Paul
1885 - 1977

A leading figure in the suffragist movement. She cofounded the Congressional Union and National Woman's Party in 1916. She led demonstrations and went to jail seeking a voting amendment. Her work helped pass the 19th Amendment in 1920.

Susan La Flesche Picotte
1865 - 1915

First Native American woman to become a doctor. Member of the Omaha Reservation. Native American advocate. Founded the first hospital on the Omaha Reservation that advocated for better health care for all. 

Ida B. Wells
1862 - 1931

Activist, abolitionist, feminist, and journalist. She led an anti-lynching crusade in the 1890s, formed the National Association of Colored Women in 1896, and was a founding member of the NAACP in 1909.