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Welcome! This site has biographies of women who contributed to our culture in many different ways. There are writers, educators, scientists, heads of state, politicians, civil rights crusaders, artists, entertainers, and others. Some were alive hundreds of years ago and some are living today. We’ve heard of some of them, while many more have been ignored by history book writers. I’d like to acknowledge as many as I can.

— Danuta Bois

This site has been selected to be archived by the Library of Congress to preserve its content for the future. We’re truly honored!

“It is difficult to imagine or to underestimate the price many of these women paid in the currency of loneliness, self-doubt, ridicule, and insult. They were often considered to be in flagrant violation of the laws, written and unwritten, of God and man. Many were jailed for their beliefs and activities. They were seen to be violating the natural order, the way “everyone” knew things were supposed to be. They persevered against odds that should have been overwhelming–and they triumphed.”

–Phyllis J. Read and Bernard L. Witlieb in The Book of Women’s Firsts

Featuring 5791 links to 1967 women, and growing.



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