American Women!
A Celebration of Our History
April 22 -- October 29, 2000

American Women!

The 106 women included in our exhibit were selected from a list of over 250 worthy individuals. The list was narrowed to feature only those that could be represented by memorabilia or original documents loaned from over 100 sources from across the nation.

You can read a brief biography and view exhibit photos for approximately one-third of these women whose names are highlighted in red. (Some women are paired with another.)

A chronological list of these women can be viewed by following the virtual tour of the exhibit.

Abigail Adams, First Lady & First Mother
Jane Addams and Carrie Chapman Catt, Reformers and Pacifists
Louisa May Alcott, Author
Marian Anderson, Performer
Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Suffragists and Reformers
Joan Baez, Folksinger and Activist
Lucille Ball, Comedienne
Clara Barton, Nurse and Humanitarian
Lizzie Borden, Axe Murderer?
Margaret Bourke-White, Photojournalist
Helen Gurley Brown, Writer and Editor
Molly Brown, Unsinkable Titanic Survivor
Barbara Bush, First Lady and Family Advocate
Helen Caldicott, M.D., Physician for Social Responsibility
Rachel Carson, Ecologist
Mary Cassatt, Artist
Willa Cather, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novelist
Shirley Chisholm, Congresswoman
Hillary Rodham Clinton and Elizabeth Dole, Presidential Hopefuls?
Jackie Cochran, Aviator
Grace Coolidge, First Lady and "Doctor of Domesticity"
Joan Ganz Cooney, Founder of Children's Television Workshop
Dorothy Day, Journalist and Social Activist
Emily Dickinson, Poet
Amelia Earhart, Aviator
Mary Baker Eddy, Founder of Christian Science
Mamie Eisenhower, Army Wife and First Lady
Mary Engelbreit, Illustrator and Optimist
Ella Fitzgerald, Jazz Singer
Jane Fonda, Actress, Activist, Producer, and Fitness Guru
Betty Ford and Rosalynn Carter, Popular First Ladies
Greta Garbo, Elusive Star
Emma Goldman, Radical Activist
Katharine Graham, Publisher
Katharine Hepburn, Hollywood Legend
Billie Holiday, Blues Singer
Grace Hopper, Professor, Computer Pioneer, and Admiral
Lady Bird Johnson, First Lady and Environmentalist
Janis Joplin, Rock Star
Barbara Jordan, Congresswoman
Helen Keller, Social Activist & Visionary
Grace Kelly, Hollywood Princess
Jackie Kennedy, First Lady & Historic Preservationist
Coretta Scott King, Humanitarian and Civil Rights Activist
Dorothea Lange, Photographer
Mary Todd Lincoln and Mary Surratt, Victims of the First Presidential Assassination?
Belva Ann Lockwood, Attorney and Feminist
Juliette Low and Lou Henry Hoover, Girl Scouts
Dolly Madison, First Lady and Hostess
Madonna, Performer
Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
Edna St. Vincent Millay, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet
Margaret Mitchell, Author
Marilyn Monroe, Actress & Sex Symbol
Toni Morrison, Nobel Prize Winner
Grandma Moses, Painter
P. Buckley Moss, Artist
Carry Nation, Temperance Leader
Pat Nixon, First Lady
Rebecca Nurse, Accused Witch
Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justices
Georgia O'Keeffe, Artist
Annie Oakley and Laura Ingalls Wilder, Taming the Wild West
Dorothy Parker, Humorist and Critic
Rosa Parks, Civil Rights Activist
Alice Paul, Militant Suffragist
Frances Perkins, Secretary of Labor
Mary Pickford, Actress and Studio Head
Pocahontas, Native American Princess
Marjorie Merriweather Post, Businesswoman and Philanthropist
Ayn Rand, Writer and Philosopher
Nancy Reagan, First Lady and Caregiver
Janet Reno, U.S. Attorney General
Sally Ride, Astronaut
Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady to the World
Ethel Rosenberg, Convicted Spy
Betsy Ross, Seamstress
Sacagawea, Native American Interpreter
Margaret Sanger, Birth Control Advocate
Elizabeth Seton, Educator & Saint
Margaret Chase Smith, Conscience of the Senate
Gloria Steinem, Feminist & Woman's Advocate
Martha Stewart, Hostess With The Mostest
Harriet Beecher Stowe, Abolitionist and Author
Elizabeth Taylor, Actress and Activist
Bess Truman, First Lady and "The Boss"
Harriet Tubman, Conductor of the Underground Railroad
Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize Winner
Barbara Walters, Master of the Interview
Mercy Otis Warren, Poet and Historian
Martha Washington, The Mother of Our Country
Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Militant Black Journalist
Mae West, Legendary Star
Edith Wharton, Author
Phillis Wheatley, Poet
Edith Wilson, First Lady and "Mrs. President"
Oprah Winfrey, America's Host
Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Athletic Pioneer

View the stories of 11 Unforgettable American Women!
  From Colony to Country, 1600-1800 From Jazz to War, 1920-1950
  From Growth to Civil War, 1800-1870 From Fifties to Feminism, 1950-1990
  From Prairie to Polls, 1870-1920 Into the 21st Century, 1990 onward
"red arrow" View an alphabetical list of all 106 women included in American Women! with links to photos and biographies for selected women
"red arrow" View a Thank You to over 100 lenders to American Women!
"black arrow" Return to Hoover Library-Museum virtual exhibits page
"black arrow" Return to Hoover Library-Museum main index page