Strong Women

Here is an ever growing list of some strong women role models. Women that have strove to break through the barriers placed before them by humanity, society, and cultural conditioning.  These women come from all walks of life and have achieved great things in their field of expertise.  It is the opinion of this site that these women should be revered and recognized for their achievements.

Jane Addams

Jane Addams


Jane Addams
Birth date: September 6th 1860
Nationality: American
Occupation: Social and political activist, author


Contribution to humanity: Jane Addams was the co-founder of the first settlement house in America, a place that provided a public kitchen, adult night classes, kindergarten classes, a gym, public bathing facility, music and drama school, and library, along with other opportunities for people to get on their feet. Addams was also a major contributor to women's rights and building a community of women dedicated to strengthening and enriching their environment.



Clara Barton

Clara Barton


Clara Barton

Birth date: December 25th 1821

Nationality: American

Occupation: Teacher, Nurse, Founder and President of American Red Cross

Contribution to humanity: Clara Barton created and organized the American Red Cross. As a nurse on the battlefield during the civil war the horrors of war didn't keep her from helping and tending to wounded soldiers. After the war she created an office for missing soldiers to find answers for family and friends and to honor the soldiers. She traveled around the world to establish humanitarian aid as the Red Cross.



Rosa Bonheur

Rosa Bonheur


Rosa Bonheur

Birth date: March 16th 1822

Nationality: France

Occupation: Painter, Sculptor


Contribution to humanity: Rosa Bonheur is one of the first women to challenge the limitations on aspiring female artists set by men. She painted works of art that could not be ignored for their expertise and amazing beauty. As a woman, she dared to go where women were forbade, and captured timeless scenes through the feminine perspective that for so long had been suppressed.

 

Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir
Birth date: January 9th 1908
Nationality: French
Occupation: 20th century Philosopher

Click Here to Read an Essay About Simone de Beauvoir

Contribution to humanity: Simone de Beauvoir is considered one of the 20th century's greatest thinkers. Her most famous book and contribution to exposing the oppression dealt to women is The Second Sex. She meticulously rebukes and exposes societies' unjust and unequal treatment of women. Another incredible work and contribution to humanity as a whole is her book The Coming of Age. Beauvoir analyzes the one thing that young and middle aged humans seem to forget, old age, and the position of the senior citizen in society.


Elizabeth Blackwell M.D.

Elizabeth Blackwell M.D.

Elizabeth Blackwell M.D.
Birth date: February 3rd 1821
Nationality: British
Occupation: First Female Doctor


Contribution to humanity: Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman doctor in America and was recognized on the UK Medical Registry as a doctor at a time when women practicing medicine was unheard of or illegal. She encouraged other women to pursue medicine and fought for women's rights as the movement began. She also was cofounder of one of the first hospitals dedicated to women and children.


Marie Curie

Madame Curie

Marie Curie aka. Madame Curie
Birth date: November 7th 1867
Nationality: Polish
Occupation: Scientist-Physicist-Chemist


Contribution to humanity: Marie Curie discovered radium and polonium and created a theory surrounding radioactivity as well as coined the term. Xrays are just one of the many benefits of her studies. She's the first woman to have won the Nobel Prize and the only woman to have one it in two fields. She also was an activist for a free Poland during World War I.


Anne Frank

Anne Frank

Anne Frank
Birth date: June 12th 1929
Nationality: German, after 1941-stateless
Occupation: A child that would have probably grown to be an incredible journalist

Contribution to humanity: Anne Frank left behind an incredible diary documenting the persecution and atrocities committed by the Nazis during World War II on the Jewish people. She describes her time in hiding, the painful loss and sorrow of losing family members to torture and death, the deprivation and imprisonment and eventually the betrayal that would lead to her and her sister's death.



Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall
Birth date: April 3rd 1934
Nationality: British
Occupation: Scientist-Primatologist-Ethologist-Anthropologist


Contribution to humanity: Jane Goodall has worked her entire life toward conservation and protection of animals. She spent 45 years studying chimpanzees in Tanzania and documenting their social and familial interactions. She created the Jane Goodall Institute to insure people were educated on caring for animals and their habitats as well as the ongoing conservation and protection of animals.



Grace Murray Hopper

Grace Murray Hopper

Grace Murray Hopper aka. Amazing Grace
Birth date: December 9th 1906
Nationality: American
Occupation: Naval Officer (Rear Admiral)



Contribution to humanity: Grace Murray Hopper is one the first developers of several computer languages, a Ph.D. in mathematics, and one of the oldest commissioned officers, in the navy, at the time of her final retirement. She was renowned for her amazing ability to work with equipment in the form of taking it apart, fixing it, and putting it back together as well as incredible programming and mathematics knowledge.



Meena Keshwar Kamal

Meena Keshwar Kamal

Meena Keshwar Kamal
Birth date: February 27th 1956
Nationality: Persian, Pashto
Occupation: Social and Political Activist


Contribution to humanity: Meena Keshwar Kamal is an Afghan female activist who challenged the oppression and violent subjugation of women. She founded a magazine that gave voice to women's rights and created a school to promote women's education. She started an organization (RAWA) to rally women to revolt against male fundamentalist suppression.


Helen Keller

Helen Keller

Helen Keller
Birth date: June 27th 1880
Nationality: American
Occupation: Social and Political Activist, Author


Contribution to humanity: Helen Keller became seriously ill as a toddler, and ended up losing her sight and hearing, but despite these losses she went on to earn a bachelor's degree and write numerous books as well as fight for women's rights, workers' rights, education for the blind, and world peace.


Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange
Birth date: May 26th 1895
Nationality: American
Occupation: Photographer



Contribution to humanity: During the Great Depression Dorothea Lange took her camera and captured photographs of the unemployed and homeless people caught up in hard economic times, and brought their suffering to the forefront of society, ushering in help and change. The rest of her career was spent on the west coast capturing unforgettable images of the poor and socially neglected, ranging from migrant workers to sharecroppers and her photos were given free to major newspapers and magazines to bring attention to the pain and sorrow of the many who were struggling.



Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi
Birth date: June 19th 1945
Nationality: Burmese
Occupation: Political Activist, Politician


Contribution to humanity: Aung San Suu Kyi has dedicated her life to fight for a free and democratic Burma. She speaks and writes for government free of corrupt politicians and inspires citizens to rise up against fear and oppression. Twenty years of her life has been spent in house arrest because of her outspoken position.


Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks aka. The first lady of civil rights
Birth date: February 4th 1913
Nationality: American
Occupation: Civil Rights Activist


Contribution to humanity: Rosa Parks in 1955, when asked to give up her seat to a white passenger, refused to move to a different seat, which in turn sparked the Montogomery Bus Boycott, eventually helping to abolish segregation. Her entire life was dedicated to fighting for civil rights and equality.


Mother Theresa

Mother Theresa

Mother Theresa
Birth date: August 26th 1910
Nationality: Born in Albania but died a citizen of India
Occupation: Humanitarian, Nun


Contribution to humanity: Mother Theresa dedicated her life to the poor and infirm in India as well as the rest of the world. She offered hope and inspiration to all people through her words, faith and actions. She worked against political and societal corruption and improved living conditions for many who were helpless around the world. Mother Theresa opened orphanages to protect children and created places to die with dignity for the forgotten.


Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth
Birth date: November 26th 1883
Nationality: American
Occupation: Servant, Abolitionist, Author


Contribution to humanity: Sojourner Truth fought for the rights of African Americans and women. She wrote and spoke about the subjugation of her race and gender. When the abolitionist cause was just getting started, she spoke at an event that was crucial in defending the movement and her speech, Ain't I a Woman?, stands today as one of the most empowering speeches for the oppressed or low in spirit.



Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Birth date: November 5th 1850

Nationality: American

Occupation: Author, Poet



Contribution to humanity: "Laugh, and the world laughs with you, Weep, and you weep alone," are timeless words that echo through the generations and were penned by the poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox. Wilcox left behind volumes of poetry, but the significance of her writing isn't in the quantity it's in the insight and observations that she was able to so powerfully present in her poems.To read some of her most beautiful works go to the "Poems" section on the navigation 

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Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf

Birth date: January 25th 1882

Nationality: British

Occupation: Teacher, Author


Contribution to humanity: Virginia Woolf was an activist for equality and wrote incredible essays defending and arguing women's rights and place within society. She was asked to write an essay for a women's conference and the essay turned into a small book known as, A Room of One's Own, which eloquently and ingeniously challenges society's view of women.

 














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