The Fifty Greatest Women in American History

Michael F. Shaughnessy and Donald C. Elder III
Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico, USA

Series: Women’s Issues
BISAC: SOC028000

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Over the past several hundred years, many women have made major, significant contributions to society, to their countries and to their field of endeavor—be it literature, music, art, politics or the enhancement of women in general. Many of these women have not received the acknowledgement and recognition that they deserve. This book is an attempt to rectify that deficiency. In a warm, storytelling fashion, the authors lay out the scenarios and contributions of fifty of the most famous women of history.

These individuals have accomplished great things, not only in their time period, but often against great odds and difficulties. Students of history and students in general need to be aware of the contributions of these women. Certainly there are others that arguably could be included, but this is a first attempt to sensitize the students of this century to the great accomplishments of the women who came before them, and established a foundation for a just, equitable society wherein all women are valued, recognized and acknowledged. Students of history will find this panoramic overview a rich robust source of knowledge and proponents of women’s issues will tend to recognize the grandeur and splendor of women’s contributions to civilization and humanity in general.
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Foreword

Preface

Introduction

Chapter 1. Mercy Otis Warren 1728 – 1814

Chapter 2. Betsy Ross 1752 – 1836

Chapter 3. Dolley Madison 1768 – 1849

Chapter 4. Sacajawea 1788 – 1812

Chapter 5. Sojourner Truth 1797 – 1883

Chapter 6. Harriet Jacobs 1813 – 1897

Chapter 7. Julia Ward Howe 1819 – 1910

Chapter 8. Susan B. Anthony 1820 – 1906

Chapter 9. Clara Barton 1821 – 1912

Chapter 10. Harriet Tubman 1822 – 1913

Chapter 11. Jessie Benton Fremont 1824 – 1902

Chapter 12. Elizabeth Jennings Graham 1827 – 1901

Chapter 13. Louisa May Alcott 1832 – 1888

Chapter 14. Frances Willard 1839 – 1898

Chapter 15. Anne Howard Shaw 1847 – 1919

Chapter 16. Emma Lazarus 1849 – 1887

Chapter 17. Nellie Bly 1864 – 1922

Chapter 18. Lillian Wald 1867-1919

Chapter 19. Jane Addams 1860-1935

Chapter 20. Marie Curie 1867 – 1934

Chapter 21. Frances Perkins 1880 – 1965

Chapter 22. Helen Keller 1880 – 1968

Chapter 23. Eleanor Roosevelt 1884 – 1962

Chapter 24. Georgia O Keefe 1887 – 1986

Chapter 25. Amelia Earhart 1897 – 1937

Chapter 26. Margaret Chase Smith 1897 – 1995

Chapter 27. Claire Booth Luce 1903 – 1987

Chapter 28. Grace Hopper 1906 – 1992

Chapter 29. Kate Smith 1907 – 1986

Chapter 30. Rosa Parks 1913 – 2005

Chapter 31. Billie Holiday 1915 – 1959

Chapter 32. Fannie Lou Harner 1917 – 1977

Chapter 33. Marguerite Higgins 1920 – 1996

Chapter 34. Coretta Scott King 1927 – 2006

Chapter 35. Madeline L’ Engel 1918 – 2007

Chapter 36. Bella Abzug 1920 – 1998

Chapter 37. Shirley Chisholm 1924 – 2005

Chapter 38. Muriel Siebert 1928 – 2013

Chapter 39. Maya Angelou 1928 – 2014

Chapter 40. Barbara Bush 1925 – 2018

Chapter 41. Sandra Day O’Connor 1930 –

Chapter 42. Ruth Bader Ginsberg 1933 –

Chapter 43. Jane Goddall 1934 –

Chapter 44. Barbara Jordan 1936 – 1996

Chapter 45. Madeline Albright 1937 –

Chapter 46. Aretha Franklin 1942 – 2018

Chapter 47. Billie Jean King 1943 –

Chapter 48. Hillary Clinton 1947 –

Chapter 49. Meryl Streep 1949 –

Chapter 50. Sally Ride 1951 – 2012

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