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Women Heroes

A Powerful Noise
promotes the global empowerment of women

Abigail Adams
mended the riff between two former U.S. presidents.

Abigail Disney
is a philanthropist and documentary filmmaker who focuses on social issues.

Ada Aharoni
works for peace between Israelis and Palestinians with poetry.

Ada Lovelace
was a ninteenth century woman who influenced the computer programming of today

Aletta Jacobs
was a Dutch doctor, a feminist, a pacifist, and a human rights activist.

Alexandrine Tinne
was a young Dutch explorer and the first female to attempt to cross the Sahara.

Alice Waters
created the world famous Edible Schoolyard Project.

Amy Biehl
gave her life to ending apartheid in South Africa.

Andeisha Farid
is the founder of Afghan Child Education and Caring Organization (AFCECO)

Andrea Mia Ghez
is an astrophysicist best known for her discoveries about the black hole at the center of our galaxy.

Angela Brooks
is an architect who works to create sustainable and affordable housing.

Ann Armstrong-Dailey and
Children's Hospice International

meet the special needs of children with life-threatening conditions.

Anna Akhmatova
is considered one of Russia's best poets.

Anna Jarvis
is the mother of Mother's Day.

Anne Frank
wrote: 'Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart. '

Annie Glenn
Annie Glenn, wife of astronaut John Glenn, is an inspiration for people with speaking disabilities.

Artemisia Gentileschi
was a female post-Renaissance artist who tackled challenging themes.

Audrey Penn:
Just Do It

is a medical doctor who has devoted herself to studying diseases that affect muscle control.

Augusta Ada Byron (Lovelace)
developed the world's first computer program while struggling with her own personal hardships.

Aung San Suu Kyi
has dedicated her life to freeing Burma and creating democracy without violence.

Aung San Suu Kyi
has dedicated her life to freeing Burma from a repressive dictatorship and creating democracy without violence.

Azie Morton
valued education and gave back to her community.

Barbara McClintock
was one of the first women geneticists, and a Nobel laureate.

Baroness Caroline Cox
founded the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust.

Bella Abzug
was a New York Congresswoman who fought for women's rights.

Billie Jean King
is an advocate for women in sports and champion tennis player

C. Vivian Stringer
despite great challenges, pursued her passion for basketball and is known for turning women into champions.

Carey Thomas
was a pioneer and model for women in education.

Cathy Freeman
wins races and respect for the plight of native Australian people.

Chamique Holdsclaw
is one of the most celebrated players in women's basketball.

Chiaki Mukai
is the first female Japanese astronaut.

Chief Wilma Mankiller
was the first woman to serve as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

Christiane Nusslein-Volhard
is a Nobel Prize winner and pioneer genetic researcher.

Christine de Pisan
was a 15th century French poet.

Christine Silverberg
was the first female Chief of Police in Canada.

Claire Lalanne
founded the Center for Nutritional Recovery.

Clara Barton
was known as the 'Angel of the Battlefield.'

Claudia Gerwin:
Keeping the Neurons Firing

researches how nerve cells relay messages to each other.

Clotilde Dedecker
provides educational opportunities for girls in Afghanistan.

Condoleezza Rice
was the first female African-American U.S. Secretary of State.

Connie Samaras
has created media archives for deep space voyages.

Constance Baker Motley
was a federal judge and a civil rights activist.

Corazon Aquino
was the beloved president of the Philippines who stepped up to help her nation.

Courtney Schumacher
is an atmospheric scientist and educator committed to mentoring young women interested in science.

Dame Cicely Saunders
founded the modern hospice to provide compassionate, holistic care to the dying.

Daphna Ziman
founded Children Uniting Nations.

Darlene Ketten
studies stranded whales and dolphins.

Debbye Turner
became Miss America and pursued her dream to become a veterinarian.

Deborah Sampson
was the first American woman who fought as a man for freedom.

DeeDee Jonrowe
is a veteran dog sled musher in the Iditarod Race

Derartu Tulu
was the first African woman to win an Olympic gold medal.

Dian Fossey
worked to protect the endangered Mountain Gorilla.

Diane Challis Davy
directs the Laguna Beach Pageant of the Masters.

Dilfuza Egamberdiyeva
cares for the Earth's soil, researching ways to produce microbes to control plant diseases.

Dolley Madison
was admired for her social graces, courage and patriotism as First Lady of the US.

Dolores Huerta
is a civil rights activist who worked with Cesar Chavez to found the United Farm Workers (United Farm Workers)

Dolores Olmedo Patino
was a Mexican businesswoman, philanthropist, and art collector.

Doreen Van Lee
writes about her Chicago childhood.

Doris 'Granny D' Haddock
was a political activist who walked across America in her ninetieth year.

Dorothea Lange
captured powerful moments in history with a keen eye for the human condition.

Dorothea Lynde Dix
was an advocate for the rights of the mentally ill.

Dorothy (Mama Dot) Humbert
inspired her family when she went back to college in her 70s.

Dorothy Ferguson Key
played in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.

Dr. Barbara Ross Lee
became the first African American woman dean of a US medical school.

Dr. Caldicott
has been a lifelong anti-nuclear activist.

Dr. Carolyn Mazure
founded the Yale Women's Health Program and is a forceful figure in the women's health movement.

Dr. Elizabeth Kalko
and the Jason Project

studies bats in the Panamanian rainforest.

Dr. Ella Mae Piper
helped young people and the elderly in her community of Fort Myers.

Dr. Elvia Niebla
Soil Scientist

is dedicated to soil conservation.

Dr. France Cordova
is a renowned astrophysicist who has broken gender and cultural barriers.

Dr. Gloria WilderBrathwaite
was inspired to provide health care to the poor in the innner city.

Dr. Hawa Abdi
is a Somali doctor, human rights activist and nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Dr. Ines Cifuentes

works to improve science programs for students in Washington, DC.

Dr. Jeni Stepanek
is interviewed by MY HERO's Slater Jewell-Kemker.

Dr. Karen Plaut
has been a pioneer in animal science research.

Dr. Kay Jamison
is both an expert on, and a sufferer of, Bipolar Disorder.

Dr. Kristi Curry-Rogers
is an accomplished paleontologist who travels the globe in search of dinosaur digs.

Dr. Sara W. Lazar
Neuroscientist - Meditator

researches the effects of meditation on the brain.

Dr. Shirley McGreal
founded the International Primate Protection League.

Dr. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh
is a scientist dedicated to the study and conservation of bonobos.

Dr. Susan Love
is committed to women's health issues.

Edith Cavell
was a nurse who risked her own safety to help others during WWI

Edmonia Lewis
defied restrictions on black women and achieved respect in the art community.

Edna St. Vincent Millay
was a popular and critically acclaimed poet.

Eleanor of Aquitaine
was a powerful and independant woman in the Middle Ages.

Eleanor Roosevelt
was a dedicated and strong voice for her husband, FDR, and for the United States.

Elena Caragiani-Stoenescu
was the first woman pilot from Romania.

Elizabeth Blackwell
became the first female doctor and opened the first medical school for women.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton
was a pioneer in the movement for women's rights.

Elizabeth Daley
has created an outstanding multi media educational program that serves as a model for the world.

Elizabeth Jane Cochrane
(Nellie Bly)

was a journalist who went around the world in 72 days.

Ella J. Baker
was an early and life-long civil rights activist.

Ellen Church
pioneered the idea of having flight attendants on flights.

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
is a leader who is bringing change and hope to Liberia.

Ellen Lee DeGeneres
is a comedienne and advocate for disadvantaged children, animals, and cancer survivors.

Ellen MacArthur
has broken numerous records with her courageous solo sailing adventures.

Ellen Ochoa
was the first Hispanic woman astronaut.

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson
wrote nearly 2,000 poems in her lifetime.

Emily Greene Balch
received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1946.

Emily Murphy
was a key figure in the women's rights movement in Canada.

Emily Pozo
created ICE to assist and educate residents of the Galapagos Islands

Emma Lazarus
was an advocate for immigrants' rights and wrote the poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty.

Emme Aronson
is an outspoken advocate for bettering self esteem and body images.

Emmeline Pankhurst
fought tirelessly for women's suffrage, and succeeded.

Erica Fernandez
gave a voice to the voiceless and saved her neighborhood.

inspires us with her courage, determination, and loyalty to her people and her God.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver
dedicated her life to raising awareness and creating opportunities for the intellectually disabled.

Eva Haller
is a mentor who has created a legacy that will last for generations.

Fabiola Cabeza de Baca Gilbert
made tremendous advancements in food safety in the American Southwest.

Fabiola Gianotti
is an Italian particle physicist.

Fadela Amara
is recognized throughout France as a champion of women's rights.

Fannie Lou Hamer
was a civil rights leader and voting rights advocate.

Farkhonda Hassan
is an Egyptian politician, scientist, professor, and women's rights activist.

was the prophet Mohammad's daughter and a leader to the people.

Fati Kirakoya
is a researcher committed to finding solutions to end HIV/AIDS.

Fay Clayton
is an attorney who works pro bono assisting civil rights cases.

Florence Griffith Joyner
(Flo-Jo) was one of the greatest women atheletes of all time.

Florence Kelley
was an outspoken leader against child labor.

works hard for the day when women and girls in Senegal will have equal rights in society.

Florence Nightingale
revolutionized nursing.

Frances Ellen Watkins
was a prolific author and poet who devoted her life to speaking out against slavery.

Frances Moore Lappe
works to eliminate the injustices that cause hunger.

Frida Kahlo
became a famous Mexican artist despite polio and injuries.

Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel
revolutionized women's fashion and empowered women

Gail Kaaialii:

investigates the origins of life and helps others value all life forms.

Gerda Klein
is a Holocaust survivor who works to stamp out intolerance, hatred, and childhood hunger.

Gina Gallant
is an inventor whose
passion is protecting the environment.

Grace Lee Boggs
has advocated for marginalized people for over 70 years

Grace Murray Hopper
was a computer visionary and naval officer.

Gwynne Rowley Shotwell
is the president of SpaceX, the company that made the Dragon space craft.

Harriet Tubman
was called the Moses of her people

Harriet Tubman
organized the Underground Railroad and helped lead slaves to freedom.

Hattie Elizabeth Alexander
saved the lives of thousands of children through her work.

Hazel Barton
combines her passion for caving with researching microbes.

Hazviperi Betty Makoni
founded the Girl Child Network to transform lives.

Helen Adams Keller
wrote about her own life and education.

Helen Freeman
survived the Holocaust and shares her story.

Helen Zia
is an Asian American journalist, scholar and activist for human rights.

Helene Gayle
is one of the leading authorities on AIDS research.
by Geeta Malik

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands
honors the bond formed between Canada and Holland during WWII with tulips.

Hermine Santrouschitz
(Miep Gies)

kept Anne Frank and her family safely hidden from the Nazis.

Heroes on Horseback: Mapuche Women Protect the Nature of Patagonia
are fighting for their land and their people

Heroic Women
Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai writes about the heroic women who have inspired her.

Hilda Solis' Heroes
the U.S. Latina Secretary of Labor

Holly Carter
gives kids and others the tools to tell their stories.


The Icelandic government will introduce legislation this month that requires employers to prove equal pay for equal work.

Ilse Bing
was a remarkable poet and photographer. Her works withstand the test of time.

Inez Milholland Boissevain
lived a brief but spectacular life dedicated to women's suffrage.

Irene Curie
was the second woman in history to win the Nobel Prize in science; the first woman was her mother, Marie.

Isabel Allende
is one of the first and most successful, eloquent, and admired female novelists in Latin America.

J.K. Rowling
is the author of the Harry Potter books.

J.K. Rowling's Story
by Cynthia Kersey

Jackie Joyner-Kersee
is the women's world record holder of the heptathalon and a philanthropist.

Jacqueline Edelberg
believes every child deserves a great neighborhood public school

Jane Addams
was a leading reformist and peace advocate.

Janet Guthrie
First woman to race in the Indianapolis 500

Janet Jagan
was the first female president of Guyana and dedicated her life to building the independence of a nation.

Jerrie Mock
was the first woman to fly solo around the world.

Jessie Daniel Ames
worked openly and actively on behalf of racial justice.

Joan of Arc
died for her beliefs.

Johnie Sue Reinhard
is a cancer survivor who inspires others with her positive attitude and tenacity for life.

Josefina Lopez
is a Latina screenwriter
who believes in the
power of women.

Josephine Ruffin
served as the editor and publisher of the first newspaper published by and for African-American women.

Judit Polgar
is breaking the gender barrier in the world of chess.

Judith A. Resnik
inspired others with her determination to become a scientist and an astronaut.

Judith Ann Mayotte
is a humanitarian who lived among refugees to understand their plight.

Judy Shepard
advocates for LGBT rights after the tragic loss of her son, Matthew Shepard.

Judy Warner
worked to create a public high school for technology.

Julia Hill
brought public attention to deforestation in California.

Julia Morgan
was a respected architect known for her work on Hearst Castle.

Julie Krone
a female jockey and first woman to win the Triple Crown

Karen Tse
is an attorney dedicated to ensuring basic legal rights for Asian citizens.

Karla Diane Hurrell
and her husband have fostered over 150 children.

Kateri Tekakwitha
is a Roman Catholic saint of the Algonquin-Mohawk tribe.

Katherine Sheppard
is New Zealand's most famous suffragette.

Kathy Eldon
is the founder of the Creative Visions Foundation.

Kathy Eldon
inspired by her son, works for peace and tolerance.

Kathy Sullivan
was the first American woman to walk in space.

Katie Lee
is a passionate advocate for wilderness.

Kelly Perkins
climbs mountains to raise support for organ donation.

Kendall Ciesemier
is an inspiring youth volunteer who founded Kids Caring 4 Kids.

Laura Bush
works to promote early literacy and encourages families to read together.

Laura Ingalls Wilder
offered young readers a glimpse of American life in the 1800s.

Laurel Burch
is an artist who has inspired other artists and women in need across the globe

Lene Vestergaard Hau
is a Danish physicist at Harvard who was able to stop a beam of light.

Leslie Thompson
is a scientist devoted to finding a cure for Huntington's Disease.

Leymah Gbowee
is a Liberian peace activist who led the successful peace movement that helped establish a more stable government in Liberia.

Libby Riddles
won the Iditarod dog sled race in 1985.

Lidya Vladimirovna Litvak
was a WW2 Soviet flying ace who gave her life to protect her homeland.

was a Hawaiian queen who cared for her people first.

Lillian Trasher
founded the first orphanage in Egypt and was called the Nile Mother of Egypt.

Lillie Hitchcock-Coit
was a turn of the century firefighting hero.

Liz Murray
against all odds believed in herself and persevered in her studies to become a student at Harvard.

Louisa May Alcott
was the beloved author of 'Little Women.'

Lucky Chhetri
runs the 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking company and Empowering Women of Nepal

Lucy Stone
was a pioneer for womens rights.

Lydia Maria Child
wrote brilliantly to advocate for the abolition of slavery.

Madam C.J. Walker
used her business success to fight discrimination and open doors for others.

Madame Curie
received the Nobel Prize for her discovery of Radium.

Mae Jemison
dreamed of going to space since childhood.

Magdalena Hurtado
is an anthropologist who studies the Ache people of Paraguay.

Malala Yousafzai
speaks out for the rights of girls to have an education.

Malika Sanders
was born into the Civil Rights Movement and continues work today.

Margaret (Molly) Brown
saved the lives of many.

Margaret Hughes
was one of the first professional stage actesses in England.

Maria Bashir
is an Afghani prosecutor and advocate for women.

Maria Josephine Barrios
Filipina poet and activist

Mariama Khan
writes poetry to champion the cause of the voiceless.

Marian Anderson
was a world-renowned opera singer.

Marie Curie
discovered radioactivity as an atomic property, opening the door to 20th century science.

Mariel (Mia) Hamm
has inspired the next generation of women athletes with her talent, her mentoring and her humanitarian work.

Mary Church Terrell
was an early African American civil rights leader and educator.

Mary Edwards Walker
was the first and only woman to receive the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor

Mary Harris Jones
worked to free men, women, and children from industrial slavery.

Mary Jackson
was the first Black woman engineer in NASA and an important mentor to other women there.

Mary Lyon
established the U.S.'s first college for women.

Mary Richards Bowser
was a black spy in the Confederate White House of Jefferson Davis.

Mary Spaulding
inspires her fellow college friend with her determination.

Maxine Waters
is a Congresswoman who works fervently for her community.

Maya Angelou
is a beloved female author and poet.

Meenakshi Wadhwa
studies meteorites and the processes involved in their formation.

Melinda Gates
is passionate about helping mothers and children in developing nations.

Melissa Silverstein
Melissa Silverstein is the founder and editor of Women and Hollywood, a respected blog featuring issues of women and film. She is co-founder of the Athena Film Festival.

Mia Hamm
has inspired the next generation of women athletes.

Michelle Obama
is commited to the health of children and veterans.

Mildred "Babe" Didrikson
excelled in every sport she played.

Molly Melching, Tostan Founder
empowers African communities to bring about positive social transformation based on respect for human rights.

Mother Teresa
devoted her life to the homeless and dying in India.

Mrs. Mei Ng:
Friends of the Earth
(Hong Kong)

uses education to foster environmental awareness in China

Mrs. Nirmala and the Eradication
of Malaria Project

are working in India to educate the public.

Mum Shirl
established the Aboriginal Legal Service.

Nawal El Saadawi
continued writing while in prison, her words could not be silenced.

Nellie McClung
was one of the Famous Five who gained Canadian recognitions for recognizing women as persons.

Ntozake Shange
is the inventor of the choreopoem.

Olympe de Gouges
was a French playwright, feminist and abolitionist.

Oprah Winfrey
was honored by the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity .

Oprah Winfrey's Leadership Academy for Girls
has opened up opportunities to South African girls.

Oriana Fallaci
was an important Italian journalist.
by Joy Wolf

Oseola McCarty
donated her life savings so others could go to college.

Peace Pilgrim
(Mildred Norman Ryder)

walked over 25,000 miles for peace.

Pedal = Sight
tells how a bicycle can change a life.

Phillis Wheatley
was the first distinguished African-American poet.

Pleasant T. Rowland
created the American Girls Collection.

Queen Emma
left a legacy of hospitals and schools for the people of Hawaii

Queen Noor
passionately works for peace, human rights, and wildlife conservation.

Queen Rania of Jordan
is a crusader for the rights of women and children.

Raden Adjeng Kartini
championed education and civil rights for women in Indonesia.

Raja Weksler
helped her daughter survive in a concentration camp.

promotes women's rights through non-violent action.

Razia Jan
founded Razia's Ray of Hope to improve the lives of women and girls in Afghanistan.

Roberta Guaspari-Tzavaras
uses music to inspire children to learn.

Robin Lim
devotes her life to improving the birth experience so that all humans are born with an intact capacity to love.

Rokhaya Gueye
treats malaria and
raises awareness about women's health issues in Senegal.

Rosa Parks
made history when she refused to sit in the back of the bus.

Rosalynn Carter
is a humanitarian and former First lady who inspires others through her good works.

Rosario Iglesias
was 80 years old when she became a runner and started to win medals.

Rose Marie Thomas
donated time and effort to combatting childhood catastrophic diseases.

Rosemary MacAdam
is a young activist determined to fight the oppression of women in sweatshops.

Ruth Simmons
is breaking down barriers in the world of higher education.

guided Lewis and Clark across the northwestern territories.

Sally Ride, first US woman in space, dies at 61
was the first American woman to go into space.

Sandra Begay-Campbell
is a Native American engineer who brings solar-powered energy to the Navajo reservation.

Sandra Kay Yow
is a groundbreaking women's basketball coach and founder of Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund.

Sandra Postel
believes in the importance of water conservation.

Sandra Schmirler
was Saskatchewan's beloved curling champion.

Saur Marlina Manurung
provides educational opportunities in a remote Indonesian village.

September McGee
is an artist and a teacher.

Serena Williams
is record-breaking professional tennis player.

Shannon Hackett
studies the genetic diversity and evolution in tropical birds.

Shirin Ebadi
is a human rights activist who works to promote peace.

Sindhu Ravishankar
created the Vivid Vision Project to provide accessible eye care to impoverished communities in India.

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe
works to end violence and sexual exploitaton in Uganda

Soedati Warsito Rasman
is a motivated activist for Indonesia's needy.

Sojourner Truth
born into slavery, worked for the freedom of all.

Sonia Sotomayor
is the first Hispanic US Supreme Court Justice.

Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz
couldn't live
without learning.

Stephanie Jenouvrier
is a population ecologist researching the effects of climate change on emperor penguins.

Susan B. Anthony
led the early Women's Suffrage Movement.

Susan Butcher
was a champion Iditarod racer.

Susie King Taylor
was a pioneer in the struggle for African American women's rights.

Sylvia Earle
is a marine biologist and ambassador of the oceans.

Tania Ruiz
is an astrophysicist committed to science education and helping women reach their goals.

Temple Grandin
is a professor, doctor of animal science and an autism activist.

Tendol Gyalzur
provides a home and family for Tibetan and Chinese orphans.

Thais Corral
gives women a voice in their communities through access to communication technology.

Tiffany Shlain
is Director and Founder of the Webby Awards.

Titiek Puspa
has inspired women with her music and compassionate lyrics throughout Indonesia.

Tori Degen
is a cancer survivor who inspires others with her story.

Turkeys all-women news agency works for change in the Middle East
Turkeys all-women news agency works for change in the Middle East A Turkish news agency run entirely by women takes a bold stand for gender equality and press freedom in a region that suppresses both.

Usha Varanasi
is the first woman to lead a Fisheries Science Center.

Valentina Tereshkova
is the first woman and first civilian to fly in space.

Velma Bronn Johnston
worked to save the wild mustangs in the United States

Venus Williams
won the 2000 US Open tennis tournament.

Verneta Wallace
is saving the world one child at a time.

Veronica Tennant, the Prima Ballerina
is an accomplished Canadian dance film producer and director.

Vicky Colbert de Arboleda
works to provide equal access to all children in Colombia.

Victoria Woodhull
was the first woman to run for President of the U.S.

Visaka Dharmadasa
works to ease the horrors of war in Sri Lanka.

Wang Yani
has been painting since
she was three
years old.

Waris Dirie
works to protect the rights of women.

Willa Cather
was Pulitzer Prize-winning author and a pioneer in the women's rights movement.

Wilma Rudolph
was the first American woman to win 3 Olympic gold medals.

Winnifred Mason Huck
was the third US Representative and an investigative journalist.

Women Heroes
Of the Early West

were strong, valiant women who broke social constraints.

Womens Peace Movement of Liberia
stopped the violence in through peaceful means.

Yuri Mason
shared her love of life and peace through the power of her paintings.

Zaha Hadid
is the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Zoe Koplowitz's Story
shows us that 'anyone can complete their own 'life marathon.''

Zohra Ben Lakhdar
is a physicist from Africa who does research on atomic spectroscopy.


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