26 Women Who Changed the World


(ref: Amelia to Zora: Twenty-six Women Who Changed the World, by Cynthia Chin-Lee)

  1. Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) – pilot
  2. Babe Didrikson Zaharias (1914-1956) – athlete
  3. Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin (1900-1980) – astronomer
  4. Dolores Huerta (1930- ) – union co-founder
  5. Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) – first lady
  6. Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) – painter
  7. Grace Hopper (1906-1992) – computer scientist
  8. Helen Keller (1880-1968) – advocate for the disabled, women’s rights, and peace activist
  9. Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976) – photographer
  10. Jane Goodall (1934- ) – naturalist
  11. Kristi Yamaguchi (1971- ) – ice skating champion
  12. Lena Horne (1917- ) – entertainer
  13. Maya Lin (1959- ) – architect
  14. Nawal El Sadaawi (1931- ) – women’s rights activist
  15. Oprah Winfrey (1954- ) – talk show host
  16. Patricia Schroeder (1940- ) – congresswoman
  17. Quah Ah (1893-1949) – artist
  18. Rachel Carson (1907-1964) – environmentalist
  19. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (1945- ) – democratic leader
  20. Mother Teresa (1910-1997) – servant of the poor
  21. Ursula Le Guin (1929- ) – writer
  22. Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit (1900-1990)- diplomat
  23. Wilma Mankiller (1945-), chief of the Cherokee nation
  24. Chen Xiefen (1883-1923) – journalist
  25. Yoshiko Uchida (1922-1992) – writer
  26. Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) – anthropologist, writer

Cynthia Chin-Lee is an award winning children’s book author who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Read more about her.

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