This special day for all women is about the celebration of being a woman. Not just on this occasion, but . . . every day, reach out to all the women you admire who have achieved success. Let all your friends, family, and acquaintances know how much you value knowing them.
International Women's Day is the story of ordinary women as makers of history; it is rooted in the centuries-old struggle of women to participate in society on an equal footing with men.
The idea of an International Women's Day first arose at the turn of the century, which in the industrialized world was a period of expansion and turbulence, booming population growth and radical ideologies. In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National Woman's Day was observed across the United States on February 28th. 1909.   This year it is celebrated March 8th.
I was very surprised to find so many names when I began my search for special women. This list contains approximately 110 names. Please forgive me if I left out other important women, it is only because I had to stop somewhere. It is my hope that you enjoy reading each name as much as I enjoyed writing my tribute to so many women who made a difference.
Her patronage of Christopher Columbus made his trips to the
New World possible.
First First Lady of the United States.
The Powhatan princess who saved the life of Captain John Smith.
Mary Hayes McCauley earned the name Molly Pitcher by carrying
water to the men in the battle of Monmouth.
American diplomat, writer, social reformer, and First Lady to
Franklin D. Roosevelt.
SUSAN B. ANTHONY
Feminist who spent more than 50 years fighting for women's rights.
First European child born on American soil, in 1587.
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT
American author famous for her books Little Women and Little Men.
FRANCES E. WILLARD
Educator, reformer, lecturer, and women's suffrage supporter.
Founder of Hull House in Chicago, a social welfare center.
Founded the American Red Cross.
JULIETTE GORDON LOW
Founded the Girl Scouts of America.
Initiated the Veterans of Foreign Wars fundraising drive
selling red poppies in 1915.
America's most famous flagmaker.
Shoshone guide who led the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1954.
First woman to fly solo, nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean.
American painter best known for her works of mothers and children.
Nineteenth century abolitionist and women's rights leader.
Anna Mary Robertson Moses took up painting at the age of 76.
She continued to paint until her death at age 101.
American poet who wrote more than 1,700 poems.
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist.
DR. ELIZABETH BLACKWELL
First woman physician in the U.S.
Sixteen-year-old Revolutionary War hero.
Twenty-five-year-old U.S. Army nurse who advanced medical science
when she volunteered to be bitten by a mosquito carrying yellow fever.
Leader of the Underground Railroad, which brought slaves to freedom.
Leader in the fight against tuberculosis who introduced
Christmas seals in the United States.
Famous student who overcame tremendous handicaps and her
First Lady who saved White House treasures during the
capture of the capital by the British in 1814
First woman member of the presidential Cabinet
(Secretary of Labor) appointed by F.D. Roosevelt.
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist known for her novels
Ethan Frome and The Age of Innocence.
The publication of her book Silent Spring 1961, touched
off a major controversy over the effects of pesticides.
EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY
American poet whose work was first published when she
was just 14 years old.
MILDRED (BABE) DIDRIKSON ZAHARIAS
One of the greatest athletes of the twentieth century. She
excelled in track, golf, baseball, and basketball.
DR. MARY WALKER
Devoted herself to the care and treatment of the sick and
wounded during the Civil War.
Nineteenth-century crusader for the poor and mentally handicapped.
PEARL S. BUCK
Author of more than 100 books, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize
for The Good Earth.
LILLIAN M. GILBRETH
Engineering pioneer who analyzed how tasks are done, hoping to
increase the efficiency of workers.
First Lady to John Adams, she influenced American politics through
her letters to her husband.
MARY MCLEOD BETHUNE
Educator and social activist who founded the Daytona Educational
and Industrial Training
School for Negro Girls, currently known as Bethune-Cookman College.
BELVA ANN LOCKWOOD
First woman candidate for president.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author best known for Gone with the Wind.
Born Isabella Baumfree, she was the first black woman
to speak publicly against slavery.
JULIA WARD HOWE
Composer of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
Education pioneer who founded Mount Holyoke College.
1932 - Olympic Games in swimming.
Poet who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1951 for her Collected Poems.
Civil rights activist who cofounded the National Association
for the Advancement of Colored People.
Olympic gold medalist credited with doing more to build American and
international women's tennis than any other player.
Singer and comedienne who created the “Baby Snooks”
First American woman pilot to fly the English Channel.
Poet and short story writer.
Popular American country singer.
American film actress.
“Queen of the Blues.”
Silent film actresses.
The “Angel of Tombstone,” an anti-violence advocate
who raised orphans and campaigned against public hanging.
Famous American singers.
Doctor who developed a newborn assessment method.
MARY CHESNUT, PHOEBE PEMBER
Heroic Confederate women.
First woman to earn an international pilot's license.
Pioneer in industrial medicine.
American film actress.
Founder of National Women's Party and
author of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Pioneer pilot who had more than 200 aviation records, firsts,
and awards. She was the first woman to break the sound barrier.
Abstract American painter. Her most famous and popular
works are of huge flowers.
Song writer of the 1920s and 1930s. She wrote the words for “
On the Sunny Side of the Street.”
Founder of the Frontier Nursing Service.
SISTER ROSETTA THARPE
Famous anthropologist who studied child rearing, personality,
and culture, mainly in the South Pacific.
MADAME C. J. WALKER
African American who became one of the wealthiest women in
the 1910s by developing and selling hair care products.
Author of the novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.
PATRICIA ROBERTS HARRIS
Lawyer and political adviser; in 1977 she became the first
African American woman named to a presidential cabinet.
Twentieth-century American sculptor who worked with wood,
metals, and found objects.
HATTIE WYATT CARAWAY
First woman elected to U.S. Senate.
Famed American comedienne and actress.
Influential Mexican artist.
Born: August 26, 1910 – Died: September 5, 1997
When Mother Teresa received her Nobel Prize,
she was asked the question, "What can we do to
promote world peace?" She replied...
"Go home and love your family."
-- Mother Teresa
Born as Florence Nightingale Graham in 1884 in Woodbridge, Ontario.
She first trained to be a nurse before she realized that she "not
only wanted to make people well, but she wanted to make them beautiful."
She moved to the U.S. at 25 and got a job as a secretary for a cosmetics
firm. After a while she borrowed some money, and opened up a beauty salon.
This is when she changed her name to Elizabeth Arden.
She hired chemists to make skin creams, this helped her salon become an
immediate success. Elizabeth died in 1966.
Small town Ontario author recently deceased. She was born and raised in
Neepawa, Manitoba. Famous for the novels Stone Angel, and The
Diviners. She won the Governor General's Award twice, for The
Diviners, and A Jest of God (made into the film Rachel, Rachel).
Is an author among other things. She was born November 18,
1939 in Ottawa. Her reputation as a poet was established
with The Circle Game in 1966 for which she was awarded
the Governor General's award. In 1969 she published The Edible
Woman, and in 1972 she published Surfacing, her best known novel yet.
1980 she became the vice-chairman of the writer's union of Canada.
Margaret has had continued critical success since the 1960s.
Born in 1885 in Montreal to a Liberal senator.
She became a member of the Liberal women's comittee,
and the first woman appointed to the Senate (1930).
She passed away in 1962.
LUCY MAUD MONTGOMERY
Author of Anne of Green Gables.
Creator of the For Better or For Worse comic strip.
Céline was born in Charlemagne, Quebec, on March 30, 1968,
the youngest of 14 children to Adhemar and Thérese.
When Céline was 12 she decided that singing was the only
career for her. With the help of her mother, a demo song for
Céline was written and sent to Rene Angelil.
Rene is still her manager, as well as her husband.
CARRIE DERICK - 1862-1941
Scientific research in Canada.
NELLIE MCCLUNG - 1873-1951
Remembered for her role in the famous "Person's Case"
which saw Canadian women declared persons in 1929.
Born in Saint-Boniface, Manitoba, March 22, 1909 - died: 1983
1943 she wrote a series of articles on the poor in Montreal which
formed the basis for her first novel, Bonheur d'occasion
(The Tin Flute), published in 1945. The novel told the story
of the impact of World War II on the lives of a poor family living
in the Saint-Henri district in Montreal, and it was an instant hit.
The Tin Flute was eventually translated into 15 languages and
won the Prix Femina in Paris and the Literary Guild of America Award
in New York. In 1947 she was the first woman admitted to the Royal
Society of Canada and won her first Governor General's Award for the
PORTIA WHITE - 1911-1968
A teacher and musician of African-Nova Scotian descent, achieved
international fame as a classical concert singer in the 1940s and 1950s.
A Maliseet woman from the Tobique Reserve in New Brunswick, belongs to
the second wave of feminism of Canada. Thanks to her successful appeal
to the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations, Native women in
Canada no longer lose their status under the Indian Act through marriage
to a non-Native man.
Elected leader of the Progressive Party of Canada on June 13, 1993.
She became the first woman to serve as Prime Minister of Canada.
Born Spring Hill, Nova Scotia
Canadian Song Writer and Singer
EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY
SUSAN B. ANTHONY
The first woman to appear on U.S. coinage. A one-dollar coin was minted in 1979.
To my knowledge these names and all this information are not copyrighted.
They are published in many places on the Internet, along with these photos.
If they are a copyright, they will be removed or proper credit will be given.