Influential Women from 1776 - 1920

  • Mary Wollstone Craft

    Mary Wollstone Craft wrote the most significant book in the early feminist movement. The Vindication of the Rights of Women was about how to give women human and political rights.
  • Jane Austen

    Jane Austen wrote books that helped pave the way for other women authors. She wrote Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Northanger Abbey.
  • Florence Nightingale

    Florence Nightingale served in the Crimean War. She was a nurse that changed the perception of the nursing profession and her actions led to the improvent in the treatment of the wounded soldiers.
  • Emma Hart Willard

    Emma Hart Willard founded the first endowed school for girls called the Troy Female Seminary which was in New York.
  • Emily Dickinson

    Emily Dickinson was a poet that lived the life of a recluse but her poetic style left a legacy on the 20th century.
  • Mary Lyons

    Mary Lyons founded the Mount Holyoke College in Massachusettes which was the first 4 year college for women in the U.S.
  • Harry Tubman

    Harry Tubman escaped slavery and for over 10 years helped lead other slaves to freedon through the Underground railroad.
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe

    Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin which became a bestseller.
  • Susan B. Anthony

    Susan B. Anthony along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton form the American Equal Rights Association for whit and black women and men dedicated to universal suffrage.
  • Marie Curie

    Marie Curie was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize. She won the Physics Nobel Prize in 1903 and the Chemistry Nobel Prize in 1911. She also helped develop the first x-ray machines.
  • Helen keller

    Helen Keller became blind and deaf at the age of 19 months. She devoted her life to campaigning on behalf of the deaf and blind.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt

    Eleanor Roosevelt was the was of President FD Roosevelt. She made significant contributions to human rights and was also head of the UN human rights commission.
  • Elizabeth Cady Staton

    Elizabeth Cady Stanton published the Women's Bible. She also formed the American Equal Rights Association with Susan B. Anthony.
  • Mother Teresa

    Mother Teresa devoted her life to the service of the poor and dispossessed. She became the global icon for selfless service to others.
  • Jeannette Rankin

    Jeannette Rankin of Montana was the first American woman in the U.S. House of Representatives.