Women in U.S. History

Events

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

1848

Was an American suffragist, social activist, and abolitionist who helped start the Women's Right Movement. She led the fight for women's right to vote.

Harriet Tubman

1849

Tubman was an American abolitionist, humanitarian, and an armed scout and spy for the U.S. Army during the Civil War. Later she would help runaway slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad.

Clara Barton

1881

A pioneering nurse who founded the American Red Cross.

Susan B. Anthony

1890

Founding member of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. She was an American social reformer and women rights activist.

Hellen Keller

1904

Was an American author, political activist and teacher. She was the first death and blind women to graduate from Radcliffe College.

Madam C.J. Walker

1911

First African women to become a millionaire. President of her own Beauty Supply Company. She was also a political and social activist.

Amelia Earhart

1932

Earhart was an American aviation pioneer and author. She became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic ocean.

Rose Bonavita Hickey

1943

Real life "Rosie the Riveter", she and other women worked in factories during WWII manufacturing planes and other military supplies.

Eleanor Roosevelt

1946

First Chair of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and First Lady of the U.S. from 1933-1945.

Rosa Parks

1955

African American women who refused to give up her seat on an Alabama bus to a white man, sparking the Civil Rights Movement in the US.

Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn

1958

The "Human Computers" of NASA who helped to advance the Space Race.

Betty Friedman

1966

Friedman, along with others, founded the National Organization for Women (NOW) to ensure the equal rights for women in the US.

Muriel Siebert

1967

Siebert became the first women to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange.

Barbara Jordan

1973

B. Jordan becomes the first African American women to serve in Congress.

Sally Ride

1983

Ride was an American physicist and astronaut. She was the first U.S. women in space.

Madeleine Albright

1997

Mrs. Albright was the first women to serve as U.S. Secretary of State.