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Wangari Muta Maathai
1940-
From: Kenya
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Environment, Government and Politics
Key Words/Phrases: activist, Nobel Peace Prize

Jackie "Moms" Mabley
1894-1975
From: United States: New York, North Carolina
Fields: Stage and Screen

Agnes Maule Machar
1837-1927
From: Canada
Fields: Human Rights, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: writer, novelist, activist

Graca Simbine Machel
1945-
From: Mozambique
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education
Key Words/Phrases: advocate for women's and children's rights

Elsie Mackay
1893-1928
From: India, United Kingdom
Fields: Architecture and Interior Design, Aviation and Space Exploration
Key Words/Phrases: aviatrix, aviator, pilot, actress

Dame Jean Macnamara
1899-1968
From: Australia
Fields: Health and Medicine
Key Words/Phrases: physician, doctor, scientist

Agnes Campbell Macphail
1890-1954
From: Canada
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Government and Politics
Key Words/Phrases: legislator, first woman MP of Canada, activist

Grace Harriet Macurdy
1866-1946
From: United States: Maine, Massachusetts
Fields: Education, History
Key Words/Phrases: professor of Greek at Vassar College

Rachel Maddow
1973-
From: United States: California, Massachusetts, New York
Fields: Journalism and Broadcasting
Key Words/Phrases: radio, TV anchor, political commentator

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
1936-
From: South Africa
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Government and Politics

Sindiwe Magona
1943-
From: South Africa, United States: New York
Fields: Literature and Poetry

Mumtaz Mahal
1593-1631
From: India
Fields: Other
Key Words/Phrases: Empress of India, entombed in the Taj Mahal

Mary Eliza Mahoney
1845-1926
From: United States: Massachusetts, New York
Fields: Health and Medicine
Key Words/Phrases: the first African-American registered nurse

Misha Mahowald
1963-1996
From: Switzerland, United States: California, Minnesota
Fields: Biology, Engineering, Invention
Key Words/Phrases: neuromorphic engineering

Vivian Maier
1926-2009
From: France, United States: Illinois
Fields: Photography
Key Words/Phrases: photographer

Makeda, Queen of Sheba
10th c. BC-
From: Ethiopia
Fields: Government and Politics
Key Words/Phrases: aka Balqis

Julia Mancuso
1984-
From: United States: California, Nevada
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: skiing, skier

Wilma P. Mankiller
1945-
From: United States: Oklahoma
Fields: Government and Politics
Key Words/Phrases: the first female Chief of the Cherokee Nation

Sophie Mannerheim
1863-1928
From: Finland
Fields: Health and Medicine
Key Words/Phrases: pioneer of nursing

J. Nozipo Maraire
1966-
From: Zimbabwe, United States: Connecticut, Massachusetts
Fields: Health and Medicine, Literature and Poetry

Margaret I (of Denmark)
1353-1412
From: Denmark, Norway, Sweden
Fields: Government and Politics
Key Words/Phrases: Queen of Denmark, Norway and Sweden

Maria Theresa of Austria
1717-1780
From: Austria
Fields: Government and Politics
Key Words/Phrases: sovereign of Austria and Hungary

Frances Marion
1888-1973
From: United States: California
Fields: Journalism and Broadcasting, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: writer, journalist, screenwriter

Mary Ellen Mark
1940-2015
From: United States: New York, Pennsylvania
Fields: Photography
Key Words/Phrases: Photographer, photojournalist

Rebecca Mark-Jusbasche
From: United States: Missouri
Fields: Business and Finance, Management and Labor Relations
Key Words/Phrases: head of Enron International

Markey
From: United States: California, Nevada, Oregon, Tennessee
Fields: Music, Stage and Screen
Key Words/Phrases: Markey, Markey Blue, Blues

Kate Markgraf
1976-
From: United States: Illinois, Michigan
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: soccer, football

Beryl Markham
1902-1986
From: Kenya, United Kingdom
Fields: Aviation and Space Exploration, Exploration and Adventure
Key Words/Phrases: aviatrix, pioneering solo Atlantic flight, horse trainer

Ellen A. Martin
1847-1916
From: United States: Illinois, New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Law
Key Words/Phrases: lawyer, activist

Debbie Martinez
From: United States: Virginia
Fields: Engineering
Key Words/Phrases: NASA, engineer

Soraida Martinez
1956-
From: United States: New York
Fields: Art
Key Words/Phrases: abstract expressionist artist

Eleanor Marx
1855-1898
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Management and Labor Relations
Key Words/Phrases: daughter of Karl Marx, activist, translator

Mary I of England
1516-1558
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Government and Politics
Key Words/Phrases: aka Bloody Mary, restored the Catholic Church during her reign

Mary, Queen of Scots
1542-1587
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Government and Politics
Key Words/Phrases: aka Mary Stuart

Bridget Mason
1818-1891
From: United States: California, Mississippi
Fields: Business and Finance, Health and Medicine, Philanthropy
Key Words/Phrases: former slave, nurse/midwife, real estate owner, philanthropist

Sybilla Masters
From: United States: Pennsylvania
Fields: Invention
Key Words/Phrases: first American woman inventor, patent for a corn mill

Burnita Shelton Matthews
1894-1988
From: United States: Mississippi, Washington DC
Fields: Human Rights, Law
Key Words/Phrases: first woman appointed to a U.S. district court.

Queen Mavia
4th Century A.D.-4th Century A.D.
From: Syria
Fields: Government and Politics, Military and Warfare
Key Words/Phrases: Arab warrior-queen

Mary McAleese
1951-
From: Ireland
Fields: Government and Politics, Journalism and Broadcasting, Law
Key Words/Phrases: President of Ireland, barrister, lawyer, journalist

Christa McAuliffe
1948-1986
From: United States: Massachusetts, New Hampshire
Fields: Aviation and Space Exploration, Education
Key Words/Phrases: teacher, educator, NASA Challenger disaster

Anne McCaffrey
1926-2011
From: Ireland, United States
Fields: Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: Dragonriders of Pern, fantasy, sci fi, science fiction

Rue McClanahan
1934-2010
From: United States: California, New York, Oklahoma
Fields: Stage and Screen
Key Words/Phrases: actress, Broadway, TV star, TV, movie star, movies, Golden Girls, Blanche Devereaux

Dorothy McClendon
1924-
From: United States: Louisiana, Michigan
Fields: Biology, Education
Key Words/Phrases: teacher, microbiologist, researcher

Nikki McCray
1971-
From: United States: South Carolina, Tennessee
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: basketball

Hattie McDaniel
1895-1952
From: United States: California, Kansas
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Stage and Screen

Mary McDowell
1854-1936
From: United States: Illinois, Ohio
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Management and Labor Relations

Carla McGhee
1968-
From: United States: Illinois, South Carolina, Tennessee
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: basketball

Susan Maria Smith McKinney-Steward
1847-1918
From: United States: New York
Fields: Health and Medicine

Terry McMillan
1951-
From: United States: California, Michigan
Fields: Literature and Poetry

Margaret Mead
1901-1978
From: United States: New York, Pennsylvania
Fields: Anthropology
Key Words/Phrases: cultural anthropologist, Samoa

Betty Meggers
1921-
From: United States: Washington DC
Fields: Anthropology, Archaeology
Key Words/Phrases: archaeologist, anthropologist

Golda Meir
1898-1978
From: Israel, Ukraine, United States: New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Government and Politics
Key Words/Phrases: Prime Minister

Lise Meitner
1878-1968
From: Austria, Sweden, United Kingdom
Fields: Education, Physics
Key Words/Phrases: co-discovered nuclear fission, missed out on the Nobel Prize

Nellie Melba
1861-1931
From: Australia
Fields: Music
Key Words/Phrases: operatic soprano

Rigoberta Menchu
1959-
From: Guatemala, Mexico
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: Activist, Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Gcina Mhlope
1959-
From: South Africa
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Literature and Poetry

Shannon Miller
1977-
From: United States: Missouri
Fields: Sports

DeLisha Milton-Jones
1974-
From: United States: California, Georgia
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: basketball

Erin Mirabella
1978-
From: United States: Wisconsin
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: cycling

Mississippi Millie (Millie McLaine)
From: United States: California, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Tennessee
Fields: Music
Key Words/Phrases: Mississippi Delta blues singer

Gabriela Mistral
1889-1957
From: Chile, United States: New York
Fields: Education, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: poet, educator, Nobel Prize Winner

Maria Mitchell
1818-1889
From: United States: Massachusetts
Fields: Astronomy, Education
Key Words/Phrases: discovered a comet, taught astronomy at Vassar College

Paula Modersohn-Becker
1876-1907
From: Germany
Fields: Art
Key Words/Phrases: expressionist painter

Monica
1980-
From: United States: Georgia
Fields: Music, Stage and Screen

Marilyn Monroe
1926-1962
From: United States: California
Fields: Beauty and Fashion, Stage and Screen
Key Words/Phrases: actress, singer, model, aka Norma Jean Baker

Patsy Montana
1908-1996
From: United States: Arkansas, California
Fields: Music

Lola Montez
1821-1861
From: France, Germany, Ireland, United States: California, New York
Fields: Stage and Screen
Key Words/Phrases: dancer, actress, courtesan

Mary Tyler Moore
1936-2017
From: United States: California, Connecticut, New York
Fields: Philanthropy, Stage and Screen
Key Words/Phrases: actress

Ruth Ella Moore
1903-1994
From: United States: Massachusetts, Ohio, Tennessee
Fields: Biology, Education, Health and Medicine

Julia Morgan
1872-1957
From: United States: California
Fields: Architecture and Interior Design
Key Words/Phrases: architect

Sister Gertrude Morgan
1900-1980
From: United States: Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana
Fields: Art

Toni Morrison
1931-
From: United States: New York, Ohio, Texas, Washington DC
Fields: Education, Literature and Poetry

Kathleen Harriman Mortimer
1917-2011
From: Russia, United Kingdom, United States: New York
Fields: Journalism and Broadcasting
Key Words/Phrases: Journalism, Yalta, Churchill, Roosevelt

Carol Moseley-Braun
1947-
From: United States: Illinois
Fields: Government and Politics

Constance Baker Motley
1921-2005
From: United States: Connecticut, New York
Fields: Human Rights, Law

Lucretia Coffin Mott
1793-1880
From: United States: Massachusetts, Pennsylvania
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: abolitionist, women's rights activist, Quaker

Mourning Dove (Christine Quintasket)
1888-1936
From: United States: Idaho, Washington
Fields: Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: writer, novelist

Blanche Moyse
1909-2011
From: France, United States: Vermont
Fields: Music
Key Words/Phrases: music, conductor, conducting, Marlboro Music School and Festival, Moyse Trio

Hua Mu-Lan
5th Century A.D.-5th Century A.D.
From: China
Fields: Military and Warfare

Micere Githae Mugo
1942-
From: Kenya, Zimbabwe
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry

Joyce F. Mungherera
From: Uganda
Fields: Activism and Social Service

Olivia Munn
1980-
From: Japan, United States: California, Oklahoma
Fields: Stage and Screen
Key Words/Phrases: actress, model, TV personality

Murasaki Shikibu
978?-1026?
From: Japan
Fields: Literature and Poetry

Margaret Alice Murray
1863-1963
From: India, United Kingdom
Fields: Anthropology, Religion
Key Words/Phrases: anthropologist, Egyptologist, pagan religions, Wicca

Pauli Murray
1910-1985
From: United States: Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Washington DC
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Law, Religion

Mary Musgrove (Cousaponokeesa)
1700-1765
From: United States: Georgia, South Carolina
Fields: Business and Finance, Other
Key Words/Phrases: Creek Indian interpreter, cultural mediator

Maria Mutola
1972-
From: Mozambique
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: track and field, track-and-field, soccer



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