Learn about five little-known women in history who made big contributions to our modern world, from Yosano Akiko to Rosalind Franklin.
Tag: Women in History
Cindy Sherman and Female Representation in Art
American photographer and artist Cindy Sherman established her decades-long career by focusing her work on a very specific person—herself.
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen Is Pushing Economics Toward Gender Equality
President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Yellen to be his Treasury secretary.
American Folk Artist Grandma Moses Began Her Career at 78
Despite an interest in art from a young age, American folk artist Grandma Moses didn’t begin her artistic career until she was 78 years old.
How Madeleine L’Engle’s Powerful Voice Shaped Science Fiction
Madeleine L’Engle pressed forward in making her strong female character known to the world.
Lillian Wald, Founder of American Community Nursing
A recent nursing graduate and reformer-to-be, Lillian Wald believed in a strong correlation between poverty and disease.
Karen Miranda Rivadeneira, Reclaimer of Lost Memories
Karen Miranda Rivadeneira’s collection “Other Stories/Historias Bravas,” is an exploration of the relationship between photography and memory.
Not Just a Game: Female Game Designer Solves Real-World Problems
Game designer Jane McGonigal creates games that address real-world problems including poverty, hunger and climate change.
Nurse Elaine Smith Established the First Therapy Dog Program
In 1976, Elaine Smith founded Therapy Dogs International—the world’s first organization for testing and certifying dogs to visit hospitals.
How Marian Anderson’s Music Helped Combat Racial Equality
Marian Anderson used her rejection and status to shine a light on racial inequality and unite Americans.
Why Chemist Gertrude Elion Fought for Science Education
Gertrude Elion fought for her place in the lab to treat leukemia, AIDS, and herpes.
How Software Entrepreneur Ping Fu Makes the World Come to Life
Ping Fu created and managed a 3D company despite all odds.
Kathy Griffin’s Rise from the D-List to the A-List
How Kathy Griffin capitalized on her reputation as a D-list actress.
Sadako Sasaki, Nuclear War’s Memory-Bearer
Sadako Sasaki is the most widely-known “hibakusha”—which roughly translates to “bomb-affected person”—and has become a symbol of the impact of nuclear war.