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Montserrat Caballe
1933-
From: Spain
Fields: Music

Leslie Cain
From: United States
Fields: Engineering

Margot Cairnes
From: Australia
Fields: Business and Finance

Mary S. Calderone
1904-1998
From: United States: New York
Fields: Health and Medicine

Helen Caldicott
From: Australia, United States: New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Physics

Mary Letitia Caldwell
1890-1972
From: Colombia, United States: New York, Ohio
Fields: Chemistry

Sarah Caldwell
1924-2006
From: Israel, United States: Arkansas, Massachusetts
Fields: Music

Kitty Calhoun
From: United States: South Carolina
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: ice climbing

Mary Whiton Calkins
1863-1930
From: United States: Connecticut, Massachusetts
Fields: Psychology

Maria Callas
1923-1977
From: Greece, Italy, United States: New York
Fields: Music
Key Words/Phrases: operatic soprano

Catherine Callbeck
1939-
From: Canada
Fields: Government and Politics

Victoria Belcourt Callihoo
1861-1966
From: Canada
Fields: History

Ann Calvello
1929-2006
From: United States: California
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: Roller Derby

Bhikaji Cama
1861-1936
From: India
Fields: Government and Politics

Ada Cambridge
1844-1926
From: Australia, United Kingdom
Fields: Literature and Poetry

Evelyn Cameron
1868-1938
From: United Kingdom, United States
Fields: Photography

Julia Margaret Cameron
1815-1879
From: India, United Kingdom
Fields: Photography

Helen Hannah Campbell
1916-
From: United States: California
Fields: Military and Warfare, Sports
Key Words/Phrases: U.S. Marine, chaperone and manager of a women's baseball team

Kim Campbell
1947-
From: Canada
Fields:

Naomi Campbell
1970-
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Beauty and Fashion

Jane Campion
1954-
From: New Zealand
Fields: Stage and Screen

Alexa Canady
1950-
From: United States: Michigan
Fields: Education, Health and Medicine

Queen Candace
BC-
From: Ethiopia
Fields: Government and Politics, Military and Warfare

Annie Jump Cannon
1863-1941
From: United States: Delaware, Massachusetts
Fields: Astronomy

Minna Canth
1844-1897
From: Finland
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Literature and Poetry

Gigi Capobianco
From: Argentina, United States
Fields: Music

Gia Carangi
1960-1986
From: United States: Pennsylvania
Fields: Beauty and Fashion
Key Words/Phrases: fashion model

Hattie Caraway
1878-1950
From: United States: Arkansas, Tennessee
Fields: Government and Politics

Candice Carpenter
From: United States
Fields: Business and Finance, Computer Science and Information Technology

Connie Carpenter-Phinney
1957-
From: United States: Wisconsin
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: racing cyclist, speed skater

Emily Carr
1871-1945
From: Canada
Fields: Art, Literature and Poetry

Emma Perry Carr
1880-1972
From: United States: Massachusetts, Ohio
Fields: Chemistry

Ann Carr-Boyd
1938-
From: Australia
Fields: Music

Rosalba Carriera
1675-1757
From: Italy
Fields: Art

Diahann Carroll
1935-
From: United States: California, New York
Fields: Music, Stage and Screen

Pat Carroll
1927-
From: United States
Fields: Stage and Screen

Rachel Carson
1907-1964
From: United States: Maine, Maryland, Pennsylvania
Fields: Biology, Environment, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: marine biologist, nature writer, environmentalist

Sharon Carstairs
1942-
From: Canada
Fields: Government and Politics

Angela Carter
1940-1992
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Literature and Poetry

Elaine Carter
From: United States
Fields: Health and Medicine

Rosalynn Carter
1927-
From: United States: Georgia
Fields: Activism and Social Service

Cartimandua
1st Century A.D.-
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Government and Politics
Key Words/Phrases: queen of Brigantia

Barbara Cartland
1901-2000
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Literature and Poetry

Connie Carver
From: United States
Fields: Computer Science and Information Technology

Sonora Webster Carver
1904-2003
From: United States: Georgia, New Jersey
Fields: Other
Key Words/Phrases: horse diver

Mary Shadd Cary
1823-1893
From: Canada, United States: Delaware, Washington DC
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Human Rights

Rosemary Casals
1948-
From: United States
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: tennis

Marie Therese (Forget) Casgrain
1896-1981
From: Canada
Fields: Government and Politics

Mary Cassatt
1844-1926
From: France, United States: Pennsylvania
Fields: Art
Key Words/Phrases: Impressionist painter

Christina Cassidy
1982-
From: United States
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: shooting

Eva Cassidy
1963-1996
From: United States: Maryland, Washington DC
Fields: Music
Key Words/Phrases: jazz, blues, folk, gospel, country and pop vocalist

Rosario Castellanos
1925-1974
From: Mexico
Fields: Literature and Poetry

Irene Castle
1983-1969
From: United States
Fields: Stage and Screen

Willa Cather
1873-1947
From: United States
Fields: Literature and Poetry

Catherine I
1682-1727
From: Russia
Fields: Government and Politics

St. Catherine of Alexandria
4th Century A.D.-
From: Egypt
Fields: Religion

St. Catherine of Siena
1347-1380
From: Italy
Fields: Religion

Catherine the Great
1729-1796
From: Russia
Fields: Government and Politics
Key Words/Phrases: Tsarina, Empress of Russia

Elizabeth Catlett
1915-
From: Mexico, United States: Louisiana, New York, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington DC
Fields: Art

Gertrude Caton-Thompson
1888-1985
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Archaeology
Key Words/Phrases: excavated in Egypt and in Zimbabwe

Carrie Chapman Catt
1859-1947
From: United States: Iowa, Wisconsin
Fields: Activism and Social Service

Edith Louisa Cavell
1865-1915
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Health and Medicine

Florence Chadwick
1918-1995
From: United States: California
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: swimming

Andree Champagne
1939-
From: Canada
Fields: Government and Politics

Anson Chan
1940-
From: China, Hong Kong
Fields: Government and Politics

Coco Chanel
1883-1971
From: France
Fields: Beauty and Fashion
Key Words/Phrases: fashion designer

Mary Eugenia Charles
1919-2005
From: Dominica
Fields: Government and Politics

Louise Fletcher Chase
1888-1974
From:
Fields:

Mary Agnes Meara Chase
1869-1963
From: United States: Illinois
Fields: Agriculture and Horticulture, Art, Biology, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: botanist, illustrator, women's rights activist

Brandi Chastain
1968-
From: United States: California
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: soccer, football

Emilie du Chatelet
1706-1749
From:
Fields:

Linda Chavez-Thompson
1944-
From: United States
Fields: Government and Politics

Kalpana Chawla
1962-2003
From: India
Fields: Aviation and Space Exploration

Joan Chen
1961-
From: China, United States
Fields: Stage and Screen

Harriet Vaughan Cheney
1796-1889
From:
Fields:

Helen Chenoweth
From:
Fields:

Madame Chiang Kai-shek
1897-2003
From: China
Fields: Activism and Social Service

Judy Chicago
1939-
From: United States: California, Illinois
Fields: Art

Lydia Maria Child
1802-1880
From: United States: Massachusetts
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Journalism and Broadcasting, Religion

May Edward Chinn
1896-1980
From: United States: Massachusetts, New York
Fields: Health and Medicine

Caroline Chisholm
1808-1877
From: Australia, United Kingdom
Fields: Activism and Social Service

Shirley Chisholm
1924-2005
From: United States: New York
Fields: Government and Politics

Pema Chodron
1936-
From: Lesotho, United States: California, Colorado, New York
Fields: Religion
Key Words/Phrases: Buddhist nun

Kate Chopin
1851-1904
From: United States: Missouri
Fields: Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: Awakening, novel, novelist

Amy Chow
1978-
From: United States: California
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: gymnast, gymnastics

Agatha Christie
1891-1968
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: mystery writer, crime stories

Christina
1626-1689
From:
Fields:

Charlotte Church
1986-
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Music

Caryl Churchill
1938-
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Literature and Poetry

Tansu Ciller
From: Turkey
Fields: Government and Politics

Sandra Cisneros
1954-
From: United States: Iowa
Fields: Literature and Poetry

Empress Dowager Cixi (Tz'u-Hsi)
1835-1908
From: China
Fields: Government and Politics
Key Words/Phrases: Empress of China

Helene Cixous
1937-
From: Algeria, France
Fields: Philosophy

Liz Claiborne
From: Belgium, United States
Fields: Beauty and Fashion

Loretta Claiborne
1953-
From: United States: Pennsylvania
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Sports
Key Words/Phrases: Special Olympics

Cornelia M. Clapp
1849-1934
From: United States
Fields: Biology

Helen Clark
1950-
From: New Zealand
Fields: Government and Politics

Marguerite Clark
1883-1940
From: United States: New York, Ohio
Fields: Stage and Screen

Septima Poinsette Clark
1898-1987
From: United States: South Carolina
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Human Rights

Edith Clarke
1883-1959
From:
Fields:

Rebecca Sophia Clarke
1833-1906
From: United States: Maine
Fields: Literature and Poetry

Adrienne Clarkson
1939-
From: Canada
Fields: Government and Politics, Journalism and Broadcasting

Camille Claudel
1864-1943
From: France
Fields: Art

Eva M. Clayton
1934-
From: United States: North Carolina
Fields: Government and Politics

Yvonne A. Clearwater
1968-
From: United States
Fields: Aviation and Space Exploration

Melinda Cleland
1984-
From: Australia
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: gymnast, gymnastics

Lillia C. Clemente
1941-
From: Philippines
Fields: Business and Finance, Literature and Poetry

Inga Clendinnen
1934-
From: Australia
Fields: History, Journalism and Broadcasting

Cleopatra VII
1st Century B.C.-1st Century B.C.
From: Egypt
Fields: Government and Politics
Key Words/Phrases: the last Pharaoh of Egypt

Clarice Cliff
1899-1972
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Art

Lucille Clifton
1936-
From: United States: Maryland, New York
Fields: Literature and Poetry

Patsy Cline
1932-1963
From: United States: Tennessee, Virginia
Fields: Music
Key Words/Phrases: country singer, songwriter

Hillary Rodham Clinton
1947-
From: United States: Arkansas, Illinois, New York
Fields: Government and Politics, Law
Key Words/Phrases: Secretary of State, First Lady, US senator, lawyer

St. Margaret Clitherow
1556-1586
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Religion

Jerrie Cobb
1931-
From: United States: Oklahoma
Fields: Aviation and Space Exploration
Key Words/Phrases: pilot, astronaut

Jewel Plummer Cobb
1924-
From: United States: California, Illinois, New Jersey, New York
Fields: Biology

Frances Power Cobbe
1822-1904
From: Ireland, United Kingdom
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Philanthropy

Jacqueline Cochran
From:
Fields:

Amanda Coetzer
1971-
From: South Africa
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: tennis

Abby Cohen
1952-
From: United States: New York
Fields: Business and Finance

Claudette Colbert
1903-1996
From: France, United States
Fields: Stage and Screen

Theo Colborn
1927-
From: United States: Florida, Wisconsin
Fields: Biology

Emma Shaw Colcleugh
1846-1940
From: United States: Connecticut, Rhode Island
Fields: Exploration and Adventure, Journalism and Broadcasting
Key Words/Phrases: journalist, traveler, lecturer

Johnnetta B. Cole
1936-
From: United States: Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, New York
Fields: Anthropology, Education

Rebecca J. Cole
1846-1922
From: United States: Pennsylvania, South Carolina
Fields: Health and Medicine

Bessie Coleman
1883-1926
From: United States: Illinois, Texas
Fields: Aviation and Space Exploration

Catherine G. Coleman
1960-
From: United States
Fields: Aviation and Space Exploration

Colette
1873-1954
From: France
Fields: Literature and Poetry

Constance Collier
1878-1955
From: United Kingdom, United States
Fields: Stage and Screen

Patricia Collinge
1892-1974
From: Ireland
Fields: Stage and Screen

Barbara-Rose Collins
1939-
From: United States: Michigan
Fields: Government and Politics

Cardiss Collins
1931-
From: United States: Illinois, Michigan, Missouri
Fields: Government and Politics

Catherine Collins
From: United States
Fields: Aviation and Space Exploration

Eileen Marie Collins
1956-
From: United States
Fields: Aviation and Space Exploration

Janet Collins
1917-2003
From: United States: California, Louisiana, New York, Washington
Fields: Stage and Screen

Marva N. Collins
1936-
From: United States: Alabama, Illinois
Fields: Education

Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter
1869-1958
From: United States
Fields: Architecture and Interior Design

Claudette Colvin
1939-
From: United States: Alabama, New York
Fields: Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: Defied bus segregation in Montgomery, AL, before Rosa Parks did

Nadia Comaneci
1961-
From: Romania
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: gymnast, gymnastics

Anna Comnena
1083-1148?
From: Turkey
Fields: Government and Politics, History

Betty Compson
1897-1974
From: United States: Utah
Fields: Stage and Screen

Ivy Compton-Burnett
1892-1969
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Literature and Poetry

Felicite Angers (Laure Conan)
1845-1924
From: Canada
Fields: Literature and Poetry

Maureen Connolly
1934-1969
From: United States: California
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: tennis

Jill Ker Conway
1934-
From: Australia, Canada, United States: Massachusetts
Fields: Education

Myrtle Cook
1902-1985
From: Canada
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: track-and-field, track and field

Stephanie Cook
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: pentathlon, pentathlete

Anne Clare Cools
1943-
From: Barbados, Canada
Fields: Government and Politics

Joan Ganz Cooney
1929-
From: United States
Fields: Stage and Screen

Anna Julia Cooper
1858-1964
From: United States: Missouri, North Carolina, Washington DC
Fields: Education

Selina Cooper
1864-1946
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Activism and Social Service

Sharon Croft Cooper
From: United States
Fields: Aviation and Space Exploration

Fannie Jackson Coppin
1837-1913
From: United States: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington DC
Fields: Education

Sheila Maureen Copps
1952-
From: Canada
Fields: Government and Politics

Cicely Corbett
1885-1959
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education

Marie Corbett
1859-1932
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Government and Politics

Margaret Cochran Corbin
1751-1800
From: United States: Pennsylvania
Fields: Military and Warfare

Gerty Cori
1896-1957
From: Czech Republic, United States: Missouri
Fields: Health and Medicine

Mairead Corrigan
1944-
From: Ireland
Fields: Activism and Social Service

Celina Cossa
From: Mozambique
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Agriculture and Horticulture

Martha J. Coston
1826-1902
From: United States
Fields: Invention

Katie Couric
1957-
From: United States: Virginia
Fields: Journalism and Broadcasting

Margaret Court
1942-
From: Australia
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: tennis

Patricia S. Cowings
1948-
From: United States: California
Fields: Aviation and Space Exploration, Psychology

Ellen Smith Craft
1826-1891
From: United Kingdom, United States: Georgia
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Human Rights, Sociology/Social Work

May Craig
1889-1975
From: United States: Maine, Maryland, Washington DC
Fields: Journalism and Broadcasting
Key Words/Phrases: journalist

Malinda Cramer
1844-1906
From: United States: Indiana
Fields: Religion
Key Words/Phrases: founder of the Church of Divine Science, New Thought

Karen Crandall
From: United States
Fields: Aviation and Space Exploration

Prudence Crandall
1803-1890
From: United States: Connecticut, Rhode Island
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education

Julia Etta Crane
1855-1923
From: United States: New York
Fields: Education, Music

Cindy Crawford
1966-
From: United States
Fields: Beauty and Fashion

Isabella Valancy Crawford
1850-1887
From: Canada
Fields: Literature and Poetry

Joan Crawford
1905-1977
From: United States
Fields: Stage and Screen

Helen Creighton
1899-1989
From: Canada
Fields: Anthropology, Music

Erika Cremer
1900-1996
From: Austria, Germany
Fields: Chemistry

Edith Cresson
1934-
From: France
Fields: Government and Politics

Cornelia Crosby
1854-1946
From: United States: Maine
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: hunting and fishing, guide

Julie Croteau
1970-
From: United States: Hawaii, Virginia
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: baseball player, coach, Hawaiian Winter Baseball League

Sheryl Crow
1962-
From: United States: Missouri
Fields: Music

Josephine Crowell
1849-1932
From: Canada
Fields: Stage and Screen

Rebecca Lee Crumpler
1831-1895
From: United States: Massachusetts
Fields: Health and Medicine

Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
1651-1695
From: Mexico
Fields: Art, Astronomy, Music, Religion
Key Words/Phrases: writer, poet, nun

Barbara Cubin
1946-
From: United States: Wyoming
Fields: Government and Politics

Marie Cunitz
1610-1664
From: Germany, Poland
Fields: Astronomy
Key Words/Phrases: astronomer

Imogen Cunningham
1883-1976
From: United States
Fields: Photography
Key Words/Phrases: photographer, black and white, Group f/64

Maria Sklodowska Curie
1867-1934
From: France, Poland
Fields: Chemistry, Physics
Key Words/Phrases: radioactivity, discovered polonium and radium, 2 Nobel Prizes

Eve Curie-Labouisse
1905-2007
From: France, United States: New York
Fields: Journalism and Broadcasting, Music
Key Words/Phrases: writer, journalist, pianist, UNICEF

Nancy Jane Currie
From: United States
Fields: Aviation and Space Exploration

Eliza Lanesford Cushing
1794-1886
From: Canada
Fields: Journalism and Broadcasting



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