The first American woman to become a self-made millionaire, Madame C.J. Walker made her money by creating a line of hair products for African American hair.
Women in History
A practitioner of “straight photography,” Berenice Abbott never altered her subjects or scene, and in doing so captured more than 300 photographs of New York City as it evolved from 1929 to 1938.
A master of precise language, Grace Paley was an author and poet known for incorporating the daily lives of New York women into her short stories and novels.
Sheena Iyengar’s famous “jam study” found that when we are faced with too many choices, we become paralyzed and are unable to make a decision at all, challenging the social construct that more options are better for the consumer.
Influenced by Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, Anne LaBastille built a secluded log cabin in the mountains in 1965 and lived there without modern luxuries for decades.
An iconic flapper and sex symbol, Clara Bow’s popularity waned with the advent of “talkies,” and she retired from film in 1933. Her legacy lives on, however, as Hollywood’s very first “It Girl.”
Born in Sao Paulo in 1894, Bertha Lutz was a leader in both the Pan American feminist and human rights movements. Though she studied the natural sciences and zoology…
After the 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman, a Florida man tried for shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012, Alicia Garza wrote three words on social media that motivated a generation and sparked a social justice campaign: black lives matter.
American photographer and artist Cindy Sherman established her decades-long career by focusing her work on a very specific person—herself. In her self-portraits, Sherman makes statements about popular constructs of female identity.
Ida Rolf was a biochemist and the inventor of Structural Integration, a form of soft tissue manipulation that aligns the body with the forces of gravity.
French-American figure skater Surya Bonaly repeatedly defied the norms of body and race in the sport. She not only mastered the backflip, she’s the only figure skater, male or female, to land the flip on one blade.
Molecular biologist and University of California, San Francisco professor Elizabeth Blackburn’s groundbreaking study of cell division shed light on the aging process, and earned her a Nobel Prize in 2009.
Saartjie “Sarah” Baartman, also known as Hottentot Venus, was one of two African women exhibited at freak shows throughout Europe during the early 1800s.
Comedy legend Joan Rivers ripped through the comedy world with her razor-sharp jokes and self-deprecating humor.