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Nawal El Saadawi
1931-
From: Egypt
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Health and Medicine, Literature and Poetry

Florence Sabin
1871-1953
From: United States: Colorado
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Health and Medicine

Sacagawea
ca.1787-1812
From: United States: Idaho, North Dakota
Fields: Exploration and Adventure, Other
Key Words/Phrases: interpreter for Lewis and Clark

Louise Sacchi
1913-1997
From: United States
Fields: Aviation and Space Exploration

Jehan Sadat
1933-
From: Egypt, United States: Maryland
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education
Key Words/Phrases: First Lady of Egypt, peace activist

Sade
1959-
From: Nigeria, United Kingdom
Fields: Music

Nafis Sadik
From: India, Pakistan
Fields: Government and Politics

Ginetta Sagan
1925?-2000
From: Italy, United States: California
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights

Susanna Madora Salter
1860-1961
From: United States: Kansas, Ohio
Fields: Government and Politics

Sammuramat (Semiramis)
9th century BC-
From: Iraq
Fields: Government and Politics, Military and Warfare

Angelle Sampey
1970-
From: United States: Louisiana
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: motorcycle racing

Deborah Sampson
1760-1827
From: United States: Massachusetts
Fields: Military and Warfare

Edith S. Sampson
1901-1979
From: United States: Illinois, Pennsylvania
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Government and Politics, Law

Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario
1971-
From: Spain
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: tennis

George Sand
1804-1876
From: France
Fields: Literature and Poetry

Marta Sandal
1878-1930
From: Norway, United States: North Dakota
Fields: Music

Summer Sanders
1972-
From: United States: California
Fields: Journalism and Broadcasting, Sports
Key Words/Phrases: swimming, swimmer

Linda Sanford
From: United States: New York
Fields: Computer Science and Information Technology

Sang Xue
1984-
From: China
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: diving

Margaret Sanger
1879-1966
From: United States: New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Health and Medicine

Sappho
625 B.C.E-570 B.C.E.
From: Greece
Fields: Literature and Poetry

Susan Sarandon
1946-
From: United States: New Jersey, New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Stage and Screen

May Sarton
1912-1995
From: Belgium, United States: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire
Fields: Literature and Poetry

Bonita V. Saunders
From: United States: Maryland, Virginia
Fields: Mathematics

Jeanne Sauve
1922-1993
From: Canada
Fields: Government and Politics, Journalism and Broadcasting

Augusta Savage
1892-1962
From: United States: Florida, New York
Fields: Art

Svetlana Savitskaya
1948-
From: Russia
Fields: Aviation and Space Exploration

Homare Sawa
1978-
From: Japan
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: soccer, football, midfielder, winner of the Golden Boot and the Golden Ball awards

Diane Sawyer
1945-
From: United States: Kentucky, Washington DC
Fields: Journalism and Broadcasting

Kathleen Hawk Sawyer
From: United States: West Virginia
Fields: Government and Politics, Psychology

May Sayigh
1940-
From: France, Palestine
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Literature and Poetry

Marjorie Scardino
1947-
From: United Kingdom, United States: Arizona
Fields: Business and Finance, Journalism and Broadcasting, Law

Caterina Scarpellini
1808-1873
From: Italy
Fields: Astronomy, Meteorology

Karen Scavotto
1982-
From: United States: Connecticut
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: archery

Linda Schele
1942-1998
From: United States: Alabama, Tennessee, Texas
Fields: Archaeology, Art

Debbie Schenberger
From: United States: California
Fields: Engineering

Barbara Schett
1976-
From: Austria
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: tennis

Phyllis Schlafly
1924-
From: United States: Illinois, Missouri
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Law

Sarah Schleper
1979-
From: United States: Colorado
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: skiing, skier

Sandra Schmirler
1963-2000
From: Canada
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: curling

Carolee Schneemann
1939-
From: United States: Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania
Fields: Art

Rose Schneiderman
1884-1972
From: Poland, United States: New York
Fields: Human Rights, Management and Labor Relations

Sophie Scholl
1921-1943
From: Germany
Fields: Activism and Social Service

Sally Hughes Schrader
1895-
From: United States: New York, Oregon
Fields: Biology, Education

Olive Schreiner
1855-1920
From: South Africa
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Literature and Poetry

Pat Schroeder
1940-
From: United States: Colorado
Fields: Government and Politics

Sigrid Schultz
1893-1980
From: France, Germany, United States: Illinois
Fields: Journalism and Broadcasting

Clara Josephine Schumann
1819-1896
From: Germany
Fields: Music

Felice N. Schwartz
1925?-1996
From: United States: New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Business and Finance

Lillian Schwartz
1927-
From: United States: New Jersey
Fields: Art, Computer Science and Information Technology

Tasha Schwikert
1984-
From: United States: Nevada
Fields: Journalism and Broadcasting, Sports
Key Words/Phrases: gymnast, gymnastics

June Scobee
From: United States
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Philanthropy

Barbara Ann Scott
1928-
From: Canada
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: figure skating, figure skater

Charlotte Angas Scott
1858-1931
From: United Kingdom, United States: Pennsylvania
Fields: Mathematics

Sister Florence Marie Scott
1902-1965
From: United States: Massachusetts
Fields: Biology, Education

Briana Scurry
1971-
From: United States: Georgia, Minnesota
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: soccer, football

Mary Jane Seacole
1805-1881
From: Jamaica
Fields: Health and Medicine

Jean Ann Seago
From: United States: California
Fields: Education, Health and Medicine

Clara Endicott Sears
1863-1960
From: United States: Massachusetts
Fields: Activism and Social Service, History

Jean Seberg
1938-1979
From: France, United States: Iowa
Fields: Stage and Screen

Laura Secord
1775-1868
From: Canada, United States: Massachusetts
Fields: Military and Warfare

Margaret Rhea Seddon
1947-
From: United States: Tennessee
Fields: Aviation and Space Exploration, Health and Medicine

Monica Seles
1973-
From: Yugoslavia, United States: Florida
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: tennis

Ellen Churchill Semple
1863-1932
From: United States: Kentucky
Fields: Environment
Key Words/Phrases: geographer, evironmentalist

Irena Sendler
1910-2008
From: Poland
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: Saved many children of the Holocaust

Queen Seondeok
7th century-
From: Korea (North), Korea (South)
Fields: Government and Politics
Key Words/Phrases: Queen of Silla (Korea)

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
1774-1821
From: United States: Maryland, New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Philanthropy, Religion

Anne Sexton
1928-1974
From: United States: Massachusetts
Fields: Literature and Poetry

Jane Seymour (actress)
1951-
From: United Kingdom, United States: California
Fields: Philanthropy, Stage and Screen

Caterina Sforza
1463-1509
From: Italy
Fields: Government and Politics, Other

Huda Shaarawi
1879-1947
From: Egypt
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Human Rights

Saira Shah
1964-
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Journalism and Broadcasting, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: journalist

Jeanne Shaheen
1947-
From: United States: Missouri, New Hampshire
Fields: Education, Government and Politics
Key Words/Phrases: politician, Senator, Governor, Democrat

Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll
1977-
From: Colombia
Fields: Music

Donna Shalala
1941-
From: United States: Florida, New York, Ohio
Fields: Education, Government and Politics

Cheryl Shavers
From: United States: Arizona, California
Fields: Business and Finance, Engineering
Key Words/Phrases: engineer, manager

Anna Howard Shaw
1847-1919
From: United Kingdom, United States: Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Health and Medicine, Human Rights, Religion
Key Words/Phrases: women's suffrage, minister, physician

May French Sheldon
c.1948-1936
From: United Kingdom, United States: Pennsylvania
Fields: Exploration and Adventure

Kate Shelley
1865?-1912
From: Ireland, United States: Iowa
Fields: Other
Key Words/Phrases: heroine

Mary Shelley
1797-1851
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: writer, novelist

Patsy Sherman
1930-2008
From: United States: Minnesota
Fields: Chemistry, Invention
Key Words/Phrases: inventor, chemist

Murasaki Shikibu
c.978-c.1026
From: Japan
Fields: Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: writer, novelist

Utako Shimoda
1854-1936
From: Japan
Fields: Education, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: writer, poet

Jenny Shipley
1952-
From: New Zealand
Fields: Government and Politics
Key Words/Phrases: Prime Minister

Donna Shirley
1941-
From: United States: Oklahoma
Fields: Aviation and Space Exploration, Engineering
Key Words/Phrases: NASA, engineer

Vandana Shiva
1952-
From: India
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Environment, Human Rights, Physics
Key Words/Phrases: activist, writer

Carolyn Shoemaker
1929-
From: United States: New Mexico
Fields: Astronomy
Key Words/Phrases: astronomer

Catherine Filene Shouse
1896-1994
From: United States: Massachusetts
Fields: Education, Philanthropy, Sociology/Social Work
Key Words/Phrases: philanthropist,

Eunice Mary Kennedy Shriver
1921-2009
From: United States: Massachusetts
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Sociology/Social Work
Key Words/Phrases: Special Olympics

Elisabeth Shue
1963-
From: United States: California, Delaware, New Jersey
Fields: Stage and Screen
Key Words/Phrases: actress

Anne-Gaelle Sidot
1979-
From: France
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: tennis

Gayle Sierens
1954-
From: United States: Florida
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Journalism and Broadcasting
Key Words/Phrases: news anchor, sports anchor, reporter

Ellen Kovner Silbergeld
1945-
From: United States: Maryland, Washington DC
Fields: Engineering, Health and Medicine
Key Words/Phrases: toxicology, environmental health

Mimi Silbert
From: United States: California
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Business and Finance, Sociology/Social Work
Key Words/Phrases: rehab, criminal justice

Leslie Marmon Silko
1948-
From: United States: New Mexico
Fields: Education, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: writer, novelist

Miina Sillanpaa
1866-1952
From: Finland
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Government and Politics, Journalism and Broadcasting, Management and Labor Relations
Key Words/Phrases: member of parliament, minister, journalist

Beverly Sills
1929-2007
From: United States: New York
Fields: Music, Philanthropy
Key Words/Phrases: soprano, opera

Jean Simmons
1929-2010
From: United States: California
Fields: Stage and Screen
Key Words/Phrases: actress

Kimora Lee Simmons
1975-
From: United States: Missouri, New Jersey
Fields: Beauty and Fashion, Business and Finance

Ruth Simmons
1945-
From: United States: California, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Texas
Fields: Education

Nina Simone
1933-2003
From: Barbados, France, United States: New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania
Fields: Human Rights, Music

Alda Simpson
From: United States: Maryland
Fields: Engineering
Key Words/Phrases: engineer, manager, NASA

Lorna Simpson
1960-
From: United States: New York
Fields: Art, Photography
Key Words/Phrases: artist, photographer

Ruth Simpson (activist)
1926-2008
From: United States: New York, Ohio
Fields: Activism and Social Service
Key Words/Phrases: activist, lesbian

Ruth DeEtte Simpson
1918-2000
From: United States: California
Fields: Anthropology, Archaeology
Key Words/Phrases: archaeologist, archeologist, anthropologist

Mary Emily Sinclair
1878-1955
From: United States: Massachusetts, Ohio
Fields: Mathematics
Key Words/Phrases: mathematician

Arpita Singh
1937-
From: India
Fields: Art
Key Words/Phrases: artist, painter

Elisabetta Sirani
1638-1665
From: Italy
Fields: Art
Key Words/Phrases: artist, painter

Sissi (footballer)
1967-
From: Brazil, United States: California
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: soccer, football

Charlotte Moore Sitterly
1898-1990
From: United States: Pennsylvania
Fields: Astronomy
Key Words/Phrases: astronomer

Barbara Sizemore
1927-2004
From: United States: Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania
Fields: Education
Key Words/Phrases: teacher, educator, administrator

Lisa Skinner
1981-
From: Australia
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: gymnast, gymnastics

Norma Merrick Sklarek
1928-
From: United States: California, New York
Fields: Architecture and Interior Design
Key Words/Phrases: architect

Sandy Skoglund
1946-
From: United States: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York
Fields: Art, Photography
Key Words/Phrases: photographer, artist

Allana Slater
1984-
From: Australia
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: gymnast, gymnastics

Mary Slessor
1848-1915
From: Nigeria, United Kingdom
Fields: Human Rights, Religion
Key Words/Phrases: Christian missionary, women's rights advocate

Gillian Slovo
1952-
From: South Africa, United Kingdom
Fields: Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: writer, novelist, playwright

Anna Deavere Smith
1950-
From: United States: California, Maryland, New York
Fields: Education, Stage and Screen

Bessie Smith
1894-1937
From: United States: Tennessee
Fields: Music
Key Words/Phrases: blues singer

Elizabeth Oakes Smith
1806-1893
From: United States: Maine, New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: writer, novelist, poet, activist

Grace Cossington Smith
1892-1984
From: Australia
Fields: Art
Key Words/Phrases: artist, painter

Jaune Quick-To-See Smith
1940-
From: United States: Montana
Fields: Art
Key Words/Phrases: artist, painter

Katie Smith (basketball player)
1974-
From: United States: Ohio
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: basketball

Linda Smith
From: United States
Fields: Activism and Social Service
Key Words/Phrases: activist

Linda Smith (politician)
1950-
From: United States: Colorado, Washington
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Government and Politics, Sociology/Social Work
Key Words/Phrases: politician, Congresswoman, activist

Margaret Chase Smith
1897-1995
From: United States: Maine
Fields: Government and Politics
Key Words/Phrases: politician, Congresswoman, Senator

Mary Louise Smith
1937-
From: United States: Alabama
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: Preceded Rosa Parks in defying bus segregation

Sally L. Smith
1929-2007
From: United States: New York, Washington DC
Fields: Education
Key Words/Phrases: educator, teacher, founded a school

Hannah Snell
1723-1792
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Military and Warfare
Key Words/Phrases: soldier

Olympia Snowe
1947-
From: United States: Maine
Fields: Government and Politics
Key Words/Phrases: politician, Congresswoman, Senator

Gloria Penner Snyder
From: United States: California
Fields: Journalism and Broadcasting
Key Words/Phrases: journalist, broadcaster

Rebecca S. Snyder
From: United States: Washington DC
Fields: Law
Key Words/Phrases: lawyer

Marta Sobral
1964-
From: Brazil
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: basketball

Olga Soffer
1944-
From: United States: Illinois, New York
Fields: Archaeology
Key Words/Phrases: discovered evidence of cloth weaving in the Ice Age

Zulu Sofola
1935-1995
From: Nigeria
Fields: Education, Literature and Poetry

Suzanne Somers
1946-
From: United States: California
Fields: Business and Finance, Stage and Screen
Key Words/Phrases: actress, businesswoman, writer

Mary Fairfax Somerville
1780-1872
From: Italy, United Kingdom
Fields: Mathematics
Key Words/Phrases: science writer, mathematician

Shaunna Sowell
From: United States: Texas
Fields: Engineering, Management and Labor Relations
Key Words/Phrases: engineer, manager

Laurinda Spear
From: United States: Florida, Minnesota
Fields: Architecture and Interior Design
Key Words/Phrases: architect

Janet Spector
From: United States: Minnesota, Wisconsin
Fields: Anthropology, Archaeology
Key Words/Phrases: feminist archaeology

Princess Diana Spencer
1961-1997
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Other
Key Words/Phrases: activist, humanitarian

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
1942-
From: India, United States: New York
Fields: Education, Literature and Poetry, Philanthropy
Key Words/Phrases: writer, literary critic, professor, philanthropist

Dawn Staley
1970-
From: United States: Pennsylvania, South Carolina
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: basketball

Jane Lathrop Stanford
1828-1905
From: United States: California, New York
Fields: Management and Labor Relations, Philanthropy
Key Words/Phrases: co-founded a college, administrator, philanthropist

Nora Stanton Blatch Barney
1883-1971
From: United Kingdom, United States: Connecticut, New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Architecture and Interior Design, Engineering, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: civil engineer, architect, activist, suffragist

Elizabeth Cady Stanton
1815-1902
From: United States: New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: abolitionist, women's movement, author of Declaration of Sentiments, president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association

Barbara Stanwyck
1907-1990
From: United States: California, New York
Fields: Stage and Screen
Key Words/Phrases: actress

Ethel Stark
1916-
From: Canada
Fields: Music
Key Words/Phrases: violinist, conductor

Freya Stark
1893-1993
From: France, Italy, United Kingdom
Fields: Exploration and Adventure
Key Words/Phrases: writer, traveler

Galina V. Starovoitova
1946-1998
From: Russia
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Anthropology, Government and Politics
Key Words/Phrases: anthropologist, ethnographer, politician

Mary Steenburgen
1953-
From: United States: Arkansas, California, New York
Fields: Stage and Screen

Gertrude Stein
1874-1946
From: France, United States: Pennsylvania
Fields: Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: writer

Gloria Steinem
1934-
From: United States: New York, Ohio
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Journalism and Broadcasting
Key Words/Phrases: feminist, journalist, activist

Nettie Maria Stevens
1861-1912
From: United States: Massachusetts
Fields: Biology
Key Words/Phrases: genetics, geneticist

Maria Stewart
1803-1879
From: United States: Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Washington DC
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Religion

Sarah Stewart
1905-1976
From: Mexico, United States: Washington DC
Fields: Biology, Health and Medicine
Key Words/Phrases: cancer researcher, oncologist

Resi Stiegler
1985-
From: United States: Wyoming
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: skiing, skier

Katherine Stinson
1891-1977
From: United States: Alabama, Texas
Fields: Aviation and Space Exploration, Education
Key Words/Phrases: aviatrix, aviator, pilot, teacher

Marjorie Stinson
1886-1975
From: United States: Ohio, Texas
Fields: Aviation and Space Exploration, Education
Key Words/Phrases: aviatrix, aviator, pilot, teacher

Lucy Stone
1818-1893
From: United States: Massachusetts
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: abolitionist, suffragist, activist

Sharon Stone
1958-
From: United States: California, New York, Pennsylvania
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Stage and Screen
Key Words/Phrases: actress, activist

Emily Stowe
1831-1903
From: Canada
Fields: Education, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: teacher, school principal, physician, doctor, suffragist

Harriet Beecher Stowe
1811-1896
From: United States: Connecticut, Maine
Fields: Education, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: writer, novelist, abolitionist, teacher

Meryl Streep
1949-
From: United States: New Jersey, New York
Fields: Stage and Screen
Key Words/Phrases: actress

Barbra Streisand
1942-
From: United States: California, New York
Fields: Music, Philanthropy, Stage and Screen
Key Words/Phrases: singer, songwriter, filmmaker, actress

Kerri Strug
1977-
From: United States: Arizona, California, Washington DC
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: gymnast, gymnastics

Shirley Carol Strum
1947-
From: Kenya, United States: California
Fields: Anthropology
Key Words/Phrases: anthropologist

Hanna Suchocka
1946-
From: Poland
Fields: Government and Politics
Key Words/Phrases: Prime Minister

Niara Sudarkasa
1938-
From: United States: Florida, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania
Fields: Anthropology, Education

Anne Sullivan Macy
1866-1936
From: United States: Massachusetts
Fields: Education
Key Words/Phrases: teacher

Hurrem Sultan (Roxelana)
c.1500-06-1558
From: Poland, Turkey
Fields: Philanthropy
Key Words/Phrases: slave, concubine, philanthropist

Margaret Sumner
1915-1995
From: United States: California, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania
Fields: Anthropology, Education
Key Words/Phrases: anthropologist, teacher, professor

Efua Theodora Sutherland
1924-1996
From: Ghana
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Literature and Poetry

Aung San Suu Kyi
1945-
From: Myanmar
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: Activist, Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Alexandra Swanson
From: United States: California
Fields: Engineering
Key Words/Phrases: engineer, NASA

Kate Swift
1923-2011
From: United States: New York
Fields: Journalism and Broadcasting, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: feminist. writer, editor, promoted non-sexist language

Sheryl Swoopes
1971-
From: United States: Texas
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: basketball

Marguerite Syvertson
From: United States: California
Fields: Management and Labor Relations
Key Words/Phrases: manager, NASA

Violette Szabo
1921-1945
From: France, United Kingdom
Fields: Military and Warfare
Key Words/Phrases: secret agent, spy

Deborah Szekely
From: United States: California, Washington DC
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Business and Finance, Philanthropy
Key Words/Phrases: volunteer

Hannah Szenes
1921-1944
From: Hungary, Israel
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Military and Warfare

Irena Szewinska
1946-
From: Poland, Russia
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: track and field, track-and-field, sprinter

Henrietta Szold
1860-1945
From: Israel, United States: Maryland
Fields: Activism and Social Service
Key Words/Phrases: activist, Zionist, founder of Hadassah

Wislawa Szymborska
1923-
From: Poland
Fields: Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: poet, Nobel Prize



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