Distinguished Women of Past and Present


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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!

"Many of these women faced enormous obstacles. They were confined to basement laboratories and attic offices. They crawled behind furniture to attend science lectures. They worked in universities for decades without pay as volunteers--in the United States as late as the 1950s."

--Sharon Bertsch McGrayne in Nobel Prize Women in Science

Featuring 5775 links to 1961 women, and growing.

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