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Aaliyah (Haughton)
1979-2001
From: United States: Michigan, New York
Fields: Music
Key Words/Phrases: singer

Magdalena Abakanowicz
1930-
From: Poland
Fields: Art
Key Words/Phrases: sculptor

Diane Julie Abbott
1953-
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Government and Politics, Journalism and Broadcasting
Key Words/Phrases: British Labour politician, Member of Parliament

Edith Abbott
1876-1957
From: United States: Nebraska
Fields: Economics, Education, Sociology/Social Work
Key Words/Phrases: American economist, social worker, educator

Maude Abbott
1869-1940
From: Canada
Fields: Health and Medicine
Key Words/Phrases: physician, doctor, specialist in congenital heart disease

Aisha Abd al-Rahman
1913-1998
From: Egypt
Fields: Education, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: Egyptian writer, professor

Lesley Abdela
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Human Rights, Journalism and Broadcasting
Key Words/Phrases: women's rights activist, journalist

Dekha Ibrahim Abdi
1964-2011
From: Kenya
Fields: Activism and Social Service
Key Words/Phrases: peace activist

Bella Abzug
1920-1998
From: United States: New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Government and Politics
Key Words/Phrases: lawyer, congresswoman, Women's Movement

Elizabeth Acton
1799-1859
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Other
Key Words/Phrases: cook, published an early cookbook for nonprofessionals

Abigail Adams
1744-1818
From: United States: Massachusetts
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Other
Key Words/Phrases: First Lady

Alice Adams
1926-1999
From: United States: Virginia
Fields: Education, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: novelist, short story writer

Annette Abbott Adams
1877-1956
From: United States: California
Fields: Law
Key Words/Phrases: lawyer, judge

Joy Adamson
1910-1980
From: Austria, Kenya
Fields: Art, Environment, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: naturalist, painter and author

Fleur Adcock
1934-
From: New Zealand, United Kingdom
Fields: Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: poet

Jane Addams
1860-1935
From: United States: Illinois
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: Activist, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, co-founded Hull House

Remi Adedeji
1937-
From: Nigeria
Fields: Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: Nigerian children's story writer

Saint Adelaide
931-999
From: Germany
Fields: Government and Politics, Religion
Key Words/Phrases: regent for Otto III, founded churches, monasteries and convents

Kate Adie
1945-
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Journalism and Broadcasting
Key Words/Phrases: correspondent for BBC News

Halide Edib Adivar
1883-1964
From: Turkey
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Government and Politics, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry, Military and Warfare
Key Words/Phrases: novelist, feminist

Aethelflaed
c.872-918
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Government and Politics, Military and Warfare
Key Words/Phrases: ruler of Mercia, warrior queen

Elizabeth (Cabot) Cary Agassiz
1822-1907
From: United States: Massachusetts
Fields: Education
Key Words/Phrases: co-founder and first president of Radcliffe College

Agent 355
From: United States: New York
Fields: Military and Warfare
Key Words/Phrases: espionage, U.S. Revolutionary War, the Culper Ring

Aglaonike
2nd century BC-2nd century BC
From: Greece
Fields: Astronomy
Key Words/Phrases: astronomer

Maria Gaetana Agnesi
1718-1799
From: Italy
Fields: Education, Mathematics, Philanthropy, Philosophy
Key Words/Phrases: mathematician, polyglot, first woman professor at a university

Grace Aguilar
1816-1847
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Literature and Poetry, Religion
Key Words/Phrases: writer, novelist, religious reformer

Delmira Agustini
1886-1914
From: Uruguay
Fields: Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: poet

Lizzie Ahern
1877-1969
From: Australia
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Government and Politics, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: socialist propagandist

Helene Ahrweiler (nee Glykatzi)
1926-
From: France, Greece
Fields: Education, History

Ama Ata Aidoo
1942-
From: Ghana, United States: California
Fields: Education, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: writer, novelist, playwright

Aishah bint Abu Bakr
614-678
From: Saudi Arabia
Fields: Other
Key Words/Phrases: wife of the Prophet Muhammad

Chioma Ajunwa
1970-
From: Nigeria
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: long jump

Dee Aker
From: United States: California
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Journalism and Broadcasting
Key Words/Phrases: International correspondent, Director of Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

Anna Akerhjelm
before 1647-1693
From: Germany, Sweden
Fields: Exploration and Adventure
Key Words/Phrases: writer, traveller

Bella Akhatovna Akhmadulina
1937-2010
From: Russia
Fields: Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: Russian poet

Anna Akhmatova
1889-1966
From: Russia, Ukraine
Fields: Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: modernist poet

Khawlah bint al-Azwar al-Kindiyyah
7th Century A.D.-7th Century A.D.
From: Iraq, Syria
Fields: Military and Warfare
Key Words/Phrases: warrior

Shagrat (Shajar) al-Durr
c.13th century-1259
From: Egypt
Fields: Government and Politics
Key Words/Phrases: Sultana of Egypt

Zainab al-Ghazali
1917-2005
From: Egypt
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Religion
Key Words/Phrases: Islamist, founder of the Muslim Women's Association

Hind al-Hunnud
7th Century A.D.-7th Century A.D.
From: Saudi Arabia
Fields: Government and Politics, Military and Warfare
Key Words/Phrases: warrior queen

Dahia Al-Kahina
7th century AD-705 AD
From: Algeria, Mauritania, Tunisia
Fields: Government and Politics, Military and Warfare
Key Words/Phrases: Berber religious and military leader

Al-Khansa
6th century AD-7th century AD
From: Saudi Arabia
Fields: Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: poet

Nazik Al-Malaikah
1923-2007
From: Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: poet

Madeleine Korbel Albright
1937-
From: Czech Republic, United States: Colorado, Washington DC
Fields: Education, Government and Politics
Key Words/Phrases: U.S. Secretary of State

Louisa May Alcott
1832-1888
From: United States: Massachusetts, Pennsylvania
Fields: Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: novelist, writer

Sibilla Aleramo
1876-1960
From: Italy
Fields: Human Rights, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: writer, feminist

Cecil Frances Alexander
1818-1895
From: Ireland
Fields: Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: hymn writer

Jane Alexander
1939-
From: United States: Massachusetts, New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Stage and Screen
Key Words/Phrases: actress, activist

Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander
1898-1989
From: United States: Pennsylvania
Fields: Law
Key Words/Phrases: lawyer, first African-American woman Ph.D.

Soteria Aliberty
1847-1929
From: Greece
Fields: Education, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: Greek feminist and educator

Fran Allen
1932-
From: United States: New York
Fields: Computer Science and Information Technology
Key Words/Phrases: computer scientist, Turing Award recipient

Gracie Allen
1902?-1964
From: United States: California
Fields: Stage and Screen
Key Words/Phrases: comedian, vaudeville, radio and TV star, presidential candidate

Isabel Allende
1942-
From: Chile, United States: California
Fields: Journalism and Broadcasting, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: journalist, writer

Shulamit Aloni
1928-2014
From: Israel
Fields: Education, Government and Politics, Human Rights, Journalism and Broadcasting
Key Words/Phrases: politician, activist, educator, journalist

Christiane Amanpour
1958-
From: United Kingdom, United States: New York
Fields: Journalism and Broadcasting
Key Words/Phrases: CNN's chief international correspondent, anchor ABC News "This Week"

Deborah Amato
From: United States: Maryland, Massachusetts
Fields: Engineering
Key Words/Phrases: aerospace engineer

Tahani R. Amer
From: Egypt, United States: Virginia
Fields: Engineering
Key Words/Phrases: aerospace engineer

Blanche Ames Ames
1878-1969
From: United States: Massachusetts
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Art, Human Rights, Invention
Key Words/Phrases: artist, activist, inventor, patented a method for capturing enemy warplanes

Ruth Leach Amonette
1916-2004
From: United States: California, New York
Fields: Management and Labor Relations
Key Words/Phrases: first female vice-president of IBM

Caroline Still Wiley Anderson
1848-1919
From: United States: Pennsylvania
Fields: Education, Health and Medicine
Key Words/Phrases: physician, doctor, educator

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
1836-1917
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Health and Medicine, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: first female physician in England, first female mayor in England

Marian Anderson
1897-1993
From: United States: Connecticut, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania
Fields: Music
Key Words/Phrases: opera singer, contralto, concert at the Lincoln Memorial

Mary Anderson (stage actress)
1859-1940
From: United Kingdom, United States: California, New York
Fields: Stage and Screen
Key Words/Phrases: stage actress

Mary Anderson (film actress)
1918-2014
From: United States: Alabama, California
Fields: Stage and Screen
Key Words/Phrases: film actress, Gone With the Wind

Mary Anderson (Inventor)
1866-1953
From: United States: Alabama
Fields: Business and Finance, Invention
Key Words/Phrases: real estate developer, invented windshield wiper blade

Lou Andreas-Salome
1861-1937
From: Germany, Russia
Fields: Literature and Poetry, Psychology
Key Words/Phrases: psychoanalyst, author

Sybil Andrews
1898-1992
From: Canada, United Kingdom
Fields: Art
Key Words/Phrases: artist, linocuts

Maya Angelou
1928-2014
From: United States: Arkansas, California, Missouri, North Carolina
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry, Stage and Screen
Key Words/Phrases: poet, novelist, activist, actress

Sofonisba Anguissola
ca.1532-1625
From: Italy
Fields: Art
Key Words/Phrases: Renaissance painter

Anna I of Russia (Ivanovna)
1693-1740
From: Russia
Fields: Government and Politics
Key Words/Phrases: Tsarina, Empress of Russia

Anne of Austria
1601-1666
From: France, Spain
Fields: Government and Politics
Key Words/Phrases: Queen of France

Anne of Beaujeu
1461-1522
From: France
Fields: Government and Politics
Key Words/Phrases: Regent of France

Anne of Brittany
1477-1514
From: France
Fields: Government and Politics
Key Words/Phrases: Queen of France

Anne of Great Britain
1665-1714
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Government and Politics
Key Words/Phrases: Queen of Great Britain

Mathilde Franziska Anneke
1817-1884
From: Germany, United States: Wisconsin
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: socialist, feminist, newspaper editor

Mary Anning
1799-1847
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Paleontology
Key Words/Phrases: Finder of fossils

Katharine Susan Anthony
1877-1965
From: United States: Arkansas, New York
Fields: Education, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: suffragist, feminist, biographer

Susan B. Anthony
1820-1906
From: United States: Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Government and Politics, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: social reformer, feminist

Virginia Apgar
1909-1974
From: United States: New Jersey, New York
Fields: Health and Medicine
Key Words/Phrases: anesthesiologist, neonatologist, developed the Apgar score for newborns

Anna Mae Aquash
1945-1975
From: Canada, United States: Maine, Massachusetts, South Dakota
Fields: Activism and Social Service
Key Words/Phrases: activist, martyr

Corazon Aquino
1933-1992
From: Philippines
Fields: Government and Politics
Key Words/Phrases: President of the Philippines

Melchora Aquino
1812-1919
From: Philippines
Fields: Activism and Social Service
Key Words/Phrases: Philippina revolutionary

Agnes Arber
1879-1960
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Biology
Key Words/Phrases: plant morphologist

Louise Arbour
1947-2004
From: Canada
Fields: Law
Key Words/Phrases: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Diane Arbus
1923-1971
From: United States: New York
Fields: Photography
Key Words/Phrases: surreal photography

Kritaya Archavanitkul
1949-
From: Thailand
Fields: Human Rights, Sociology/Social Work
Key Words/Phrases: demographer

Elizabeth Arden
1878-1966
From: Canada, United States: New York
Fields: Beauty and Fashion, Business and Finance
Key Words/Phrases: founded a cosmetics company

Hannah Arendt
1906-1975
From: Germany, United States
Fields: Government and Politics, Philosophy
Key Words/Phrases: political theorist

Refia Ari
1961-
From: Cyprus
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education
Key Words/Phrases: Pioneer of Special Needs Education for disabled children

Suzan Ari
1927-2002
From: Cyprus
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education
Key Words/Phrases: Social reformer in Cyprus

Sawako Ariyoshi
1931-1984
From: Japan
Fields: Literature and Poetry

Inessa Armand
1874-1920
From: France, Russia
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Government and Politics, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: communist politician

Arsinoe II
316 B.C.-ca. 268 B.C.
From: Egypt, Greece
Fields: Government and Politics
Key Words/Phrases: Queen of Thrace, co-ruler of Egypt

Artemisia I
c.480-
From: Turkey
Fields: Government and Politics, Military and Warfare
Key Words/Phrases: Warrior Queen of Helicarnassus

Yaa Asantewaa
c.1840-c.1920
From: Ghana
Fields: Government and Politics, Military and Warfare
Key Words/Phrases: Warrior queen

Asclepigenia
5th Century A.D.-
From: Greece
Fields: Education, Philosophy
Key Words/Phrases: Philosopher

Mary Kay Ash
1918-2001
From: United States: Texas
Fields: Beauty and Fashion, Business and Finance
Key Words/Phrases: entrepreneur, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics

Margery Corbett Ashby
1882-1981
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Government and Politics, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: suffragist, politician

Daisy Ashford
1881-1972
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Literature and Poetry

Evelyn Ashford
1957-
From: United States: California, Louisiana
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: track-and-field, track and field

Laura Ashley
1925-1985
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Beauty and Fashion, Business and Finance
Key Words/Phrases: fashion designer

Hanan Ashrawi
1946-
From: Palestine
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Government and Politics, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: Politician, human rights activist

Sylvia Ashton-Warner
1908-1984
From: New Zealand
Fields: Education, Literature and Poetry, Stage and Screen
Key Words/Phrases: Writer, educator

Mary Astell
1666-1731
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Education, Human Rights, Philosophy
Key Words/Phrases: Feminist writer

Thea Astley
1925-2004
From: Australia
Fields: Education, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: Novelist, educator

Louise Aston
1814-1871
From: Germany
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: Feminist writer, activist

Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor
1879-1964
From: United Kingdom, United States: Virginia
Fields: Government and Politics
Key Words/Phrases: First woman MP in Britain

Nora Astorga
c.1948-1988
From: Nicaragua
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Law, Military and Warfare
Key Words/Phrases: Resistance fighter, lawyer, politician, delegate to the UN

Athaliah
9th century BC-
From: Israel
Fields: Government and Politics
Key Words/Phrases: Queen of Judah

Anna Atkins
1799-1871
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Biology, Photography
Key Words/Phrases: First published woman photographer

Susan Cobb Milton Atkinson
1860-1942
From: United States: Florida, Georgia
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Business and Finance, Education
Key Words/Phrases: Promoted education for women

Mabel Lucie Atwell
1879-1964
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Art
Key Words/Phrases: Illustrator of children's books

Margaret Eleanor Atwood
1939-
From: Canada
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: Poet, novelist, environmental activist

Hubertine Auclert
1848-1914
From: France
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: Suffragist

Charlotte Auerbach
1899-1994
From: Germany, United Kingdom
Fields: Biology
Key Words/Phrases: Zoologist, geneticist

Anita Augspurg
1857-1943
From: Germany, Switzerland
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Law
Key Words/Phrases: Actress, lawyer, writer and feminist

Jean Augustine
1937-
From: Canada, Grenada
Fields: Education, Government and Politics
Key Words/Phrases: Educator, politician

Gae Aulenti
1927-2012
From: Italy
Fields: Architecture and Interior Design
Key Words/Phrases: Architect

Jacqueline Auriol
1917-2000
From: France
Fields: Aviation and Space Exploration, Military and Warfare
Key Words/Phrases: Aviator

Jane Austen
1775-1817
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: Writer, novelist

Patti Austin
1950-
From: United States: New York
Fields: Music
Key Words/Phrases: R&B, Pop and jazz singer. Grammy winner.

Josefa de (Obidos) Ayala
1630-1684
From: Portugal, Spain
Fields: Art
Key Words/Phrases: Painter

Harriet Hubbard Ayer
1849-1903
From: United States: Illinois
Fields: Beauty and Fashion
Key Words/Phrases: Started a cosmetics company

Gladys Aylward
1902-1970
From: China, United Kingdom
Fields: Religion, Sociology/Social Work
Key Words/Phrases: Missionary



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