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Famous Women in History, Science and Medicine

Updated on December 30, 2014

Including the Other Half in the History Books

What do you do when your young daughter asks "Why don't we learn about women in school?" If you are like me, you go looking for answers. What you will find here are the result of that search.

My daughter was working on a report on Famous Californians when she asked the question. While picking out a person we discovered there were fewer women on the list than men. I found it hard to believe that there weren't more women on my daughter's choices of Famous Californians.

Did you know Kim Kardashian was approved as famous Californian paper topic?

In researching famous women, I discovered that the granddaughter of Edith Mayo (Curator Emeritus of the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institute) had a history project several years ago that listed Britney Spears as one of two women who were historical figures. The other was Eleanor Roosevelt.

Even though it was several years later since Edith Mayo's incident with her granddaughter, it was hard for me to believe that there still weren't more women on the list for a 4th grade class assignment. Half an hour of researching later, I had a list of 23 famous women that I emailed to the teacher that could be added to the list of Famous Californians.

In my search I discovered a wealth of resources, lesson plans, books and websites with a great number of famous women in history, medicine and science. I also discovered organizations like the National Women's History Museum and others working to include women's contributions.

For the books listed, I've looked for a combination of ones for children and tweens and ones for adults. If the book is one for a certain age group, the recommended ages are included.

This lens along with the one with "Books for Girls on Famous Women in History, Science and Medicine" are ones that I plan on being able to refer my daughters to (and if needed their teachers to) so we can all learn more about the contribution and accomplishments of the other half to history, science and medicine.

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Why Have Women Been Overlooked in History?

Madeline Albright, the First Woman Secretary of State offered some insights in the Forward to the book Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America, as to why women have been overlooked.

  • Early in U.S. history, events were often chronicled by religious leaders who described the times and recorded the contributions made by those in their particular group or by men in general.
  • This means that for the most part, the accomplishments of women were ignored, minimized, brushed aside or even forgotten.

Thankfully there are women and organizations like the National Women's History Museum who are tirelessly working to ensure that women's contributions and accomplishments get included in mainstream history and culture. I signed up for Membership in The Cornerstone Club in honor of my daughters.

Did you know Brittney Spears was

an Option for a Famous

Woman in History Project ?

Learning about Famous Women in History

I went through school at a time before Women's History Month was even an option at school. According to the Women's History Month website before the 1970s, the topic of women's history was largely missing from education and general public consciousness.

It make sense that I do not remember specifically learning about famous women in history or science classes during school, since none was being taught.

As a female physician, a woman in medicine, the mother of two tween daughters, and the daughter of a historian dad and an independent Finnish mother, I want my daughters to have the opportunity to learn about the contributions that both men and women have made in history, to reclaim the "other half" of history that has been missing. I want them to have more choices than just Eleanor Roosevelt, Kim Kardashian and Britney Spears for projects on Famous Americans.

Making resources, lesson plans and books like Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America available to the teachers in the school systems will give my daughter's more information and role models than I had growing up.

Her Story: A Timeline available on Amazon.

Choices on Learning about Women in History in School Video

A look from a 2008 excerpt from NWHM's "First But Not the Last" Women Who Ran for President" event where Edie Mayo, Curator Emeritus, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institute, discusses her granddaughter's history project that included Britney Spears as a potential historical figure.

NWHM: Britney Spears, a historical figure?

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Famous Women from the NWHM Twitter Page
Famous Women from the NWHM Twitter Page

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Celebrities Still Influence our Young Girls

For a Feb 4, 2007 cover article Newsweek published results from a poll that accompanied their "Girls Gone Wild Effect" article. In this poll, 77 percent of respondents said that young women celebrities like Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan have too much influence on young girls.

This was in 2007.

Today (2011) we'd change the list to Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian and Lindsay Lohan. I was surprised realizing that Britney Spears was on the list because I honestly thought that she was going to end up dead several years ago.

To this list we add a few younger names like Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez. These younger celebrities keep reminding us that they are now 18 by the way they dress. They are a far cry from Shirley Temple, the iconic child actress of the 1930s, who made forty films and fifty television programs before retiring at age 17.

Thankfully the National Women's History Museum's Online Exhibit on Young and Brave: Girls Changing History offers the stories of many positive and young women role models who embarked on treacherous journeys, traveled around the world, invented life-altering products, testified before congress and set groundbreaking precedents.

The challenge may be getting these resources to parents and educators so our girls (and boys) have the opportunity to learn about brave and positive female role models in history. Follow the links below to the online exhibit Young and Brave: Girls Changing History.

Fortune Favors the Brave logo from the NWHM Young and Brave site.

Our Young Girls Need the Opportunity to Learn About Brave and Positive Women Models

An Online Exhibit on Girls Changing History

The National Women's History Museum houses an outstanding online exhibit that features 30 young girls and women who had a positive impact on the United States throughout history.

The 30 young women profiled in the exhibit are athletes, inventors, artists, and revolutionaries. What they have in common is that they are all strong positive role models for today's young girls to learn about, look up to, and be inspired by.

The exhibit was researched by Girls Learn International, curated by Doris Weatherford, historian and NWHM Board member, and designed by Nikki Emser.

Debate - Women in History Projects

Should Britney Spears and Kim Kardashian be considered "Famous Women" for school projects?

Why not? They are women.

Why not? They are women.

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  • ayng29 lm 5 years ago

    Yes for Britney Spears and no to Kim kardashian. britney made some mistakes but she made a good comeback to show women can be strong especially for the children. So far, I have no good news of Kim Kardashian.

  • girlfriendfactory 5 years ago

    As much as I hate to say it and wouldn't want my child to pick a celebrity for such a project, it's no different than a boy picking a sports figure to write about for a project...the fact that the school must provide an "approved list" is more disheartening to me than anything. We always had ours approved individually by our teachers. I guess they did things differently 25 years ago.

  • RinchenChodron 5 years ago

    Sure, some 4th graders would need popular women who are current. But I would hope that the teacher is excited about and emphasizes other women to expand their horizons.

  • WhitePineLane 5 years ago

    They are women, and they are famous. The really smart kid could do an awesome essay about WHY they are famous and if it makes sense for us to be spending our time watching them/thinking about them, when there are so many more worthy women to write about.

Couldn't they find other women?

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  • JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

    Being famous because of being a celebrity doesn't even compare to being famous for a "history-worthy" reason.

  • notedbybarb 5 years ago

    Just because they are celebrities does not make them worthy of any school project.

  • nursecraft 5 years ago

    I think we definitely need to take a look at who we are placing as our role models for young girls! But maybe if someone who is "rich and famous" is the topic of a school project, we'd find out that "other side" of the coin!

  • flycatcherrr 5 years ago

    I just learned last week who Kim Kardashian was, and still don't quite understand why she is famous. Surely, even if we restrict it to the US and to comtemporary times, there are women outside the entertainment industry who are worthy (much more worthy) of note?

  • hysongdesigns 5 years ago

    none of them! How about some others, like ladies that are doctors, in science and research? First Ladies? and I'm so bad, the names are not coming to me at the moment!

  • sybelle 5 years ago

    I would if the list for men included only people like, hmmm... Michael Jackson, Charlie Sheen, Maury Povich, you get my gist...

  • Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

    I suspect teachers are trying to motivate kids and this is what they come up with. If this young women are considered inspirational role models then we are all in trouble! It is part of the teacher's job to find ways to present the curriculum in ways that are interesting and inspiring to children. The stories of history are interesting and exciting when taught by an inspiring teacher. I had a high school history teacher who was an excellent storyteller. When she gave a history lecture it was like being there. A good teacher can make history come alive to his or her students. Girls need to learn about women who made a difference in the world, and it is up to teachers to find ways to interest them in the lives of these women of yesterday.

  • Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

    There are so many other extraordinary women that should be considered for school projects (or "news stories" for that matter!)

  • Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

    I do not think they should be used for history projects. As your lens shows, there are many other women to choose from; famous for their the good they did for society. These two high profile women are trivial in comparison.

  • Carolan Ross 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Guess it depends on... famous for WHAT? Can't think of anything Brittany Spears is famous for that is appropriate for school projects.

  • Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

    They aren't worth the time, imho.

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Teaching about Famous Women in History

Her Story: Women Who Changed America

Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America
Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America

Her Story features women writers, artists, actors, athelets, doctors, scientists, social and political activists, educators and inventors.

Her Story authors Charlotte S. Waisman and Jill S. Tietjen have also included women from all walks of life with noteworthy and inspiring achievements.

 

Famous Women Resources

This lens started as a list of books on famous women but for the Gift Guide Quest of 2011 on the Squidoo web platform, but soon morphed into an entire lens devoted to discovering resources on famous women.

I started by searching for books that I could order my daughters about famous women in history and included books on famous women in medicine and science. I also added adventurers and inventors.

I looked for online resources and discovered the inspiring online exhibit Young and Brave: Girls Changing History from the NWHM.

For completion, I also searched for done by Squidoo lensmasters on women in history, science and medicine, world leaders, women who dared, women inventors and young women who made history.

This list of famous women resources includes information books and resources on the National Women's History Museum and Women's History Month, links to organizations promoting women's history, women in history, science and medicine.

The information collected is a great resource for girls, tweens, parents, grandparents, teachers and anyone else who wants to find out more about famous women in history. Next time there is a report option for writing about a famous person, we'll have the resources to ensure that a famous woman could be on the list of choices.

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Recognizing and Celebrating the Women in History

Early in U.S. history, events were often chronicled by religious leaders who described the times and recorded the contributions made by those in their particular group or by men in general.

This means that for the most part, the accomplishments of women were ignored, minimized, brushed aside or even forgotten.

It is important to recognize and celebrate these women, more than nine hundred in all, who are mostly unknown by the general population.

No longer will the accomplishments of women throughout U.S. history be forgotten or remain invisible!

Madeline Albright

First Woman Secretary of State

Forward to Her Story: A Timeline.

Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America

Charlotte S. Waisman and Jill S. Tietjen talk about their experiences with writing Her Story from Her Story U.S.

More Resources on Her Story

The authors of Her Story have developed and provide free curricula available for download and use. They offer suggestions for 3rd - 5th Grade Curriculum, High School Curriculum and General Curriculum in addition to suggestions for reading the book with a daughter.

Lives of Extraordinary Women

Women in History Projects - Videos

A collection of video clips done by students on their famous women in history or famous women leaders projects.

27 Famous Women - Video

Remember the Ladies: 100 Great American Women

Famous Women Leaders in History Video

Famous Women - Video

Women in History - Video

Famous Women in History - Video

Books on Famous Women in History

Books on Famous Women that are good starting points for writing assignments and people who want to know more about Women's contributions.

Lesson Plans about Famous Women

See the section on Women's History Month for even more resources.

Great Women in History - Videos

Video clips on Women in History from LearnMediaOfAmerica.

Great Women in American History - Video

Great Women Rulers in World History - Video

Women throughout History - Video

Women Who Dared

Available from Amazon
Available from Amazon

These Women Who Dared include: Bessie Coleman, Susan B. Anthony, Maria Montessori, Eleanor Roosevelt, Frida Kahlo, Julia Morgan, Maria Mitchell, Florence Nightingale,

Margaret Sanger, Harriet Tubman, Mary McLeod Bethune, Margaret Fuller, Emma Goldman,

Jane Addams, Marian Anderson, Amy Marcy, Cheney Beach, Gertrude Bell,

Dorothea Dix and Isadora Duncan. Poster available on Amazon.

If you had the chance to write a paper on a famous woman, who would you pick and why?

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      There are too many for me to choose just one. So many are worthy of an article.

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      nursecraft 5 years ago

      Well, being a nurse, I am a big Florence Nightingale fan! (And there are young people who have never heard of her!) Women in history strike me as so remarkable because the times didn't allow them many freedoms and they perseveered despite the odds! The sky is the limit for today's women! Fantastic lens and I am voting for yours for best of 2011

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      I'm rooting for your lens in the best of 2011 - congrats on making a very worthy lens.

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      Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I might write about Peace Pilgrim, who as a senior citizen, walked across our country several times sharing a message of peace. I had the opportunity to spend time with this remarkable lady who had only the clothes on her back, and in her pockets kept a comb, a calendar & a small tablet of paper & a pen. Another interesting figure is an ancestor of mine named Polly Underwood Yount who traveled with Daniel Boone & helped settle Kentucky.

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      When I was in school I wrote about Madame Curie, Susan B Anthony and Eleanor Roosevelt. If I had to pick one today it'd probably be Joan of Arc or Jane Austen.

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      Evelyn Saenz 5 years ago from Royalton

      There are so many women that deserve to have an article written about them that it makes it very hard to choose.

      Fantastic lens. Blessed and reposted to The Homeschool Club on Facebook. Thank you so much for sharing your research.

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      Carolan Ross 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Eleanor Roosevelt is one of many women I enjoy reading about. For her era, she was a mover and a shaker, very bold and inspiring.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      This is an important topic. Thanks for bringing it to more people's attention.

    National Women's History Museum (NWHM)

    National Women's History Museum

    The National Women's History Museum Women's History was founded in 1996 by Karen Staser to preserve and celebrate the story of Woman.

    Their mission is to affirm "the value of knowing Women's History, illuminates the role of women in transforming society and encourages all people, women and men, to participate in democratic dialogue about our future."

    The Museum function is to research, collect and exhibit "the contributions of women to the social, cultural, economic and political life of our nation in a context of world history."

    While the NWHM website hosts a wealth of information, resources and lesson plans on Women's history, the members of the NWHM have been working for 15 years to build National Women's History Museum next to the National Mall.

    Founder Karen Staser believes that

    • "A better world awaits the generation that absorbs what women and men have to share about life from a joint perspective.
    • Together, all things are possible."
    For more information visit the NWHM website.

    Keepers of the History - Video Clips

    Learn about the historic women and organizations that were responsible for preserving part of our history and educating people about the history of American women in this three part series on the Keepers of the History from the NWHM, National Women's History Museum.

    The Keepers of History - Part 1 Video

    The Keepers of History - Part II Video

    The Keepers of History - Part III Video

    Recognizing and Validating Women

    When you recognize women,

    When women are educated,

    You lift the socioeconomic condition of the country

    Because WOMEN are now validated.

    Jill Tieten quoting Madeline Albright

    From the forward to Her Story: A Timeline.

    Women in History Month

    Vote on Women's History Month

    Did You Know March was Women in History Month?

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    Writing Women Back into History

    Defense Department illustration by Peter Hemmer
    Defense Department illustration by Peter Hemmer

    Celebrating Women's History Month

    As the father of two daughters, the son of a single mother and the husband of a very independent woman, President Obama knows the importance of women's roles.

    This is an excerpt from the Presidential Proclamation Women's History Month from 2011:

    • During Women's History Month, we reflect on the extraordinary accomplishments of women and honor their role in shaping the course of our Nation's history.
    • Today, women have reached heights their mothers and grandmothers might only have imagined. Women now comprise nearly half of our workforce and the majority of students in our colleges and universities. They scale the skies as astronauts, expand our economy as entrepreneurs and business leaders, and serve our country at the highest levels of government and our Armed Forces.
    • In honor of the pioneering women who came before us, and in recognition of those who will come after us, this month, we recommit to erasing the remaining inequities facing women in our day.

    President Barack Obama

    Presidential Proclamation Women's History Month, 2011

    Famous Women in History

    An Almanac of Amazing American Women

    Women in History

    As pointed out by Madeline Albright in Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America the accomplishments of women were ignored, minimized, brushed aside or even forgotten, mainly because the scribes or those chronicling the historical events were recording the contributions made by men.

    It was heart-warming to find all of these books on women's contribution throughout history. With so many books available my daughters will have more choices for writing about Famous Americans than just Eleanor Roosevelt, Britney Spears or Kim Kardashian.

    I've added several women in history, science and medicine to our Christmas list and will be picking out one to gift to their school library as a resource.

    Famous Women Leaders

    Lives of Extraordinary Women

    Women as Leaders

    Women, whether as the head of the family or the head of a nation, are leaders. There are many examples of women leaders who have lead countries, like Margaret Thatcher, Indira Gandhi and Benazir Bhutto. There are also the unsung heroes, the mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters behind the scenes making a difference.

    Secretary-General Kofi Annan may have summed women's contributions up best during his ppening remarks at the forty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women in February 2005:

    • Study after study has taught us that there is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.
    • No other policy is as likely to raise economic productivity, or to reduce infant and maternal mortality.
    • No other policy is as sure to improve nutrition and promote health -- including the prevention of HIV/AIDS.
    • No other policy is as powerful in increasing the chances of education for the next generation.
    • And I would also venture that no policy is more important in preventing conflict, or in achieving reconciliation after a conflict has ended.
    So if we want to prevent conflict, enhance development, raise economic productivity, improve nutrition, promote health, reduce infant mortality and increase education of our children, we need to empower women.

    American Women Leaders
    American Women Leaders

    A great library reference with over 1,560 women leaders.

     

    Famous Women in Medicine

    Florence Nightingale

    Women in Medicine

    As written about by Jeanne Achterberg women have been healers and keepers of medical knowledge since ancient times as shamans and midwives. In modern times they have become nurses and eventually even physicians. Reading about women in medicine now like nurses Florence Nightingale and Clara Barton or Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first American female physician are inspiring to me.

    Somehow, despite not having female role models that I learned about in school, I still managed to pursue a career in medicine. The contribution of women physicians were not included in our medical school courses to inspire and encourage women in training. Thankfully I did find a few female physicians who served as mentors.

    I learned about one famous woman in medicine on my own reading Dr, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's "On Death and Dying" during college as part of a course on Death and Dying. Her views on being with and treating the dying influenced my medical training and stayed and have become part of what I do with teaching about Grief, Loss and Bereavement.

    Woman as Healer
    Woman as Healer

    A book in my own collection.

     

    Famous Women in Science and Invention

    Women Scientists are Not Dowdy Spinsters

    It is shameful that there are so few women in science. In China there are many, many women in physics.

    There is a misconception in America that women scientists are all dowdy spinsters. This is the fault of men.

    In Chinese society, a woman is valued for what she is,

    and men encourage her to accomplishments yet she remains eternally feminine.

    Chien-Shiung Wu

    HerStory: A Timeline Website

    Girls Think of Everything

    Women as Scientists and Inventors

    There is the old adage that I grew up with about, "Boys don't make passes at girls who wear glasses." That the quote from Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu* helps to explain why this is feeling might have been so prevalent at least when I was growing up.

    Guess they never met the glamorous Hedy Lamarr who not only was a Movie Star, but was also patented a "Secret Communications System" (a jam-proof, radio-controlled torpedo) with George Antheil and donated it to the U.S. Navy. Their intevention (once declassified in the 1950s) became the concept of "frequency hopping" the technology used for Bluetooth, GPS, wireless telephones and other present-day communication systems.

    I'm getting my girls the book, Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women, so they might be inspired to create their own inventions.

    Women scientists have won Nobel Prizes, like Dr. Marie Curie (winning awards in Physics and Chemistry) and contributed to computer programming like Ada Lovelace, explored the depths of the ocean like Dr. Sylvia Earle and understanding "man" by studying and living with chimpanzees like Jane Goodall.

    * Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu worked on the Manhattan Project. She was a Chinese-American physicist with expertise in the techniques of experimental physics and radioactivity.

    Famous Women Who Dared

    More Women Who Dared

    Available from Amazon
    Available from Amazon

    These Women Who Dared include: Ida Wells-Barrett, Wangari Maathai, Sarah Bernhardt, Carrie Chapman Catt, Sojourner Truth, Mourning Dove, Gabriela Mistral, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Edith Spurlock Sampson, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jeanette Rankin, Junko Tabei,

    Margaret Mead, Aung San Suu Kyi, Gabrielle Chanel, Bessie Smith, Josephine Baker,

    Wilma P. Mankiller, Lucretia Mott, and Karen Horney. Poster available on Amazon

    13 Women Who Dared to Dream

    Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream (Jane Addams Honor Book (Awards))
    Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream (Jane Addams Honor Book (Awards))

    In Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream award-winning author Tanya Lee Stone looks at the Mercury 13, a group of women who fought for the right to soar into space, almost 20 years before women were admitted into the astronaut program.

    Reading Level: Ages 10 and up

     

    Daring Women Contributed in Different Fields

    Women dared to dream and were daring in many different fields. Depending how you define 'daring" all of the women already mentioned in history, world leaders, medicine and science would also considered 'daring' for doing with others were not doing at the time and attempting things against the odds.

    Women like Amelia Earhart, Sally Ride and Katherine Wright were just some to dare to explore the sky and ultimately space. Lucy Stone one of many who worked promoting equal rights for women. Other, lesser know women, were spies, pioneers of the wild west, women explorers and climbers.

    Books on Women Who Dared

    Women Explorers
    Women Explorers

    Reading Level: Ages 9 and up

     

    Dancing Ladies on Overhang in Yosemite

    Dancing Ladies on Overhang in Yosemite
    Dancing Ladies on Overhang in Yosemite

    Women Who Dared in Yosemite

    When I think of the phrase "Women who dared" there is one iconic picture from Yosemite that comes to mind. I got it as a birthday present poster for my Dad (a Mother Lode history teacher and father of three girls) several years ago.

    The photograph was taken in 1890 by George Fiske of two young women in Yosemite kicking their heels up atop Glacier Point. The women were Kitty Tatch, who was a maid and waitress at the Sentinel Hotel at the time and her friend Katherine Hazelston.

    These daring women were dressed in long skirts doing high kicks at Overhanging Rock at Glacier point standing 3,000 feet above the Valley floor, or a mile down.

    The photograph taken by George Fiske has been turned into magnets, postcards and posters.

    You can order a copy of the Dancing Ladies poster from the Yosemite Conservancy Store and projects and programs that preserve and protect Yosemite National Park.

    Image Dancing Ladies on Overhang in Yosemite. Calisphere. Also known as Kitty Fitch on Overhang Rock, Glacier Point, Yosemite, California.

    Remember...

    Ginger Rogers did everything

    Fred Astaire did,

    but she did it backwards

    and in high heels.

    Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History

    Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History
    Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History

    Harvard University Professor Laurel Thatcher Ulrich coined the phrase "Well-behaved Women Seldom Make History when writing a paper in 1976.

    Years later, she uses this now famous phrase for the title of her book where she takes a look at many notable Women in American and World history and how they shaped history by not behaving.

    A great gift for women interested in Women in History.

     

    Reclaiming the other half of History (Her story)

    Meryl Streep on the National Womens History Museum

    Kathy [Bates] and I have talked about doing together the story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony (American women who fought for the rights of women). It's a fairly recent history of women in this country which is pretty much untold.

    It's part of the reasons why I donated my salary on this movie ["The Iron Lady,"] to the National Women's History Museum. I feel strongly that my job as a storyteller reaches people in a way.

    I wish there were a place that was on the National Mall and that was first in the world to celebrate this radical change in the 20th and 21st centuries in the balance of who women and men were in society. It's a great story.

    Meryl Streep

    National Spokesperson, MWHM

    Support the National Women's History Museum

    There are many ways to help the National Women's History Museum raise the $150 million to build this museum privately.

    You can give a Gift Membership, Donate Online, Donate by Mail, Donate by Phone or through Planned Giving. Visit the NWHM website to find out more.

    Sharing about Life from a Joint Perspective

    Did you learn anything about some of these famous women in history?

    © 2011 Kirsti A. Dyer

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        Kirsti A. Dyer 5 years ago from Northern California

        @compugraphd: Looks like a list of potential lenses. Let me know when you get them done.

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        compugraphd 5 years ago

        B"H

        I would love to see a lens about Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth I, Dolly Madison, Hapshepsut, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Annie Sullivan, for starters.

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        MariaMontgomery 5 years ago from Central Florida, USA

        I love, love, love this lens. Thank you.

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        Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

        Happy New Year! Congratulations that your lens was chosen as a top 100 Community Favorite for 2011! What a really wonderful important lens.

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        JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

        What a wonderful lens topic. You've really put a lot of work into this ... nicely done! Congratulations on being one of the final 100 favorite Squidoo lenses of 2011!

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        MCB2011 5 years ago

        Yes, I have my favorites. Well put together and very informative. Thank you. Congratulations!iggalust

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        Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

        Interesting read about Famous Women in History. Congrats on being in the Top 100 Community Favorites.

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        Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

        Great topic, excellent lens! Blessed. :)

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        flycatcherrr 5 years ago

        Fantastic lens - gets my vote for the community favorite of 2011. Carry on carrying on!

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        FlynntheCat1 5 years ago

        Have you heard about Mary Seacole? She was around at the same time as Florence Nightingale and performed a similar role - in her own way!

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        grannysage 5 years ago

        Thanks for adding Peace Pilgrim. Her voice needs to continue to be heard. There are so many great women in history and when I was in school we learned very little about them. I was just thinking about Mary Ann Evans who wrote under the name of George Eliot so that her work would be taken seriously. And in my age group, Betty Friedan was our role model.

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        Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

        This is really a wonderful lens. Very inspirational.

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        Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

        Wonderful lens. Girls rule ;)

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        WhitePineLane 5 years ago

        Great lens, Kirsti! I have bookmarked it as an excellent resource for my kids - son AND daughter.

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        Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

        My word! This is an amazing lens. I will be coming back over and over to get more women to read about here and off-line. Thank you for educating me. Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankster

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        LisaDH 5 years ago

        You've done an amazing job here. I hope any student looking for information about famous women lands right here and is so inspired by all these women that they will have a hard time deciding whom to choose.

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        KarenTBTEN 5 years ago

        This is a solid resource, beautifully presented. SquidAngel blessings.

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        Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

        Wow - you've done a lot of work to make this topic more accessible. I hope students find this and appreciate the info placed at their fingertips.

        I made a lens about Carrie Nation as I thought her campaign for temperance and women's suffrage important for modern kids to know about.