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Salome Waelsch
1907-2007
From: Germany, United States: New York
Fields: Biology, Education

Nancy Wake
1912-2011
From: Australia, France, New Zealand
Fields: Journalism and Broadcasting, Military and Warfare
Key Words/Phrases: correspondent, resistance fighter, war heroine

Sarah Rosetta Wakeman
1843-1864
From: United States: New York
Fields: Military and Warfare

Florence Wald
1917-2008
From: United States: Connecticut, New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Health and Medicine

Lillian D. Wald
1867-1940
From: United States: New York, Ohio
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Health and Medicine

Sima Wali
From: Afghanistan
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights

(Madame C.J.) Sarah Breedlove McWilliams Walker
1867-1919
From: United States: Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New York
Fields: Beauty and Fashion, Invention

Alice Walker
1944-
From: United States: California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry

Bree Walker
1953-
From: United States: California, Minnesota
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Journalism and Broadcasting

Maggie Lena Walker
1867-1934
From: United States: Virginia
Fields: Business and Finance

Mary Edwards Walker
1832-1919
From: United States: New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Health and Medicine, Human Rights

Judith C. Waller
1889-1972
From: United States: Illinois
Fields: Education, Journalism and Broadcasting

Patricia Wallington
From: United States: Florida, Pennsylvania
Fields: Computer Science and Information Technology, Management and Labor Relations

Ganna Walska
1887-1984
From: Poland, Russia, United States: California
Fields: Music, Other

Barbara Walters
1929-
From: United States: Massachusetts, New York
Fields: Journalism and Broadcasting

Mary Walton
19th century-?
From: United States: New York
Fields: Invention

Vera Wang
1949-
From: United States: New York
Fields: Beauty and Fashion, Business and Finance

Nancy Ward
c.1738-1824
From: United States: Tennessee
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Government and Politics

Elizabeth Warren
1949-
From: United States: Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Texas
Fields: Education, Government and Politics
Key Words/Phrases: Politician, U.S. Senator, Law Professor

Dinah Washington
1924-1963
From: United States: Alabama, Illinois
Fields: Music

Georgia E. Patton Washington
1864-1900
From: United States: Tennessee
Fields: Health and Medicine

Martha Washington
1731-1802
From: United States: Virginia
Fields: Other

Ethel Waters
1896-1977
From: United States: New York, Pennsylvania
Fields: Music

Patty Jo Watson
1932-
From: United States: Illinois, Missouri
Fields: Archaeology

Faye Wattleton
1943-
From: United States: Missouri, New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Health and Medicine

Annie Dodge Wauneka
1910-1997
From: United States: Arizona
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Government and Politics, Health and Medicine
Key Words/Phrases: served on the Navajo Tribal Council, health activist, Medal of Freedom

June Wayne
1918-
From: United States: California, Illinois
Fields: Art

Lois Weber
1881-1939
From: United States: California, Pennsylvania
Fields: Stage and Screen

Mary Ellen Weber
1962-
From: United States: Ohio, Texas, Washington DC
Fields: Aviation and Space Exploration, Engineering

Jean Webster
1876-1916
From: United States: New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry

Sarah Weddington
1945-
From: United States: Texas
Fields: Human Rights, Law

Mary Brent Wehrli
From: United States: California
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education

Rhonda (Randi) Weingarten
1957-
From: United States: New York
Fields: Management and Labor Relations

Fay Gillis Wells
1908-2002
From: United States: Minnesota, Washington DC
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Aviation and Space Exploration, Journalism and Broadcasting

Ida Bell Wells-Barnett
1862-1931
From: United States: Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Journalism and Broadcasting

Eudora Welty
1909-2001
From: United States: Mississippi
Fields: Education, Literature and Poetry, Photography

Isabell Werth
1969-
From: Germany
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: equestrian

Susanna Wesley
1669-1742
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Religion

Mae West
1893-1980
From: United States: California, New York
Fields: Stage and Screen
Key Words/Phrases: playwright, actress, movie star, sex symbol

Rebecca West
1892-1983
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Journalism and Broadcasting, Literature and Poetry

Ruth Westheimer
1928-
From: France, Germany, Israel
Fields: Education, Psychology

Elsie V. Weston
From: United States: California
Fields: Philanthropy

Hilary M. Weston
1942-
From: Canada, Ireland
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Beauty and Fashion, Government and Politics, Philanthropy

Joanie Weston
1935-1997
From: United States: California
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: Roller Derby

Nancy Wexler
1945-
From: United States: New York
Fields: Health and Medicine, Psychology

Elaine Wexler-Mitchell
From: United States: California
Fields: Veterinary Medicine

Sara Whalen
1976-
From: United States: Massachusetts, New York
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: soccer, football

Edith Wharton
1862-1937
From: France, United States: Massachusetts, New York
Fields: Architecture and Interior Design, Literature and Poetry

Phillis Wheatley
1753-1784
From: Senegal, United States: Massachusetts
Fields: Literature and Poetry

Anna Pell Wheeler
1883-1966
From: United States: Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania
Fields: Mathematics

Betty White
1922-
From: United States: California, Illinois
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Stage and Screen
Key Words/Phrases: actress, comedian

Elizabeth Coleman White
1871-1954
From: United States: New Jersey
Fields: Agriculture and Horticulture
Key Words/Phrases: introduced the nation's first cultivated blueberry

Sarah Frances Whiting
1846-1927
From: United States: Massachusetts, New York
Fields: Astronomy, Physics

Christine Todd Whitman
1946-
From: United States: New Jersey, New Mexico
Fields: Government and Politics, Management and Labor Relations

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney
1875-1942
From: United States: New York
Fields: Art

Sheila Widnall
1938-
From: United States: Massachusetts, Washington
Fields: Aviation and Space Exploration, Education, Engineering, Military and Warfare

Loudy (Tourky) Wiggins
1979-
From: Australia, Israel
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: diving, diver

Laura Ingalls Wilder
1867-1957
From: United States: Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Fields: Literature and Poetry

Lucia Wiley
1906-1998
From: United States: New York, Oregon
Fields: Art, Religion

Ellen Wilkinson
1891-1947
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Government and Politics

Jemima Wilkinson
1752-1819
From: United States: New York, Rhode Island
Fields: Religion

Emma Willard
1787-1870
From: United States: Connecticut, New York
Fields: Education, Human Rights

Frances Elizabeth Caroline Willard
1839-1898
From: United States: Illinois, New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Human Rights

Anna Wessels Williams
1863-1954
From: United States: New Jersey, New York
Fields: Health and Medicine

Betty Williams
1943-
From: Ireland
Fields: Activism and Social Service

Betty Jo Williams
From: United States: California
Fields: Management and Labor Relations

Fannie Barrier Williams
1855-1944
From: United States: Illinois, New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education

Grace Alele Williams
1932-
From: Nigeria
Fields: Education, Mathematics

Jody Williams
1950-
From: United States: Texas, Vermont
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education

Marguerite Thomas Williams
1895-1991?
From: United States: Washington DC
Fields: Education, Geology

Natalie Williams
1970-
From: United States: California, Utah
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: basketball

Serena Williams
1981-
From: United States: Florida, Michigan
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: tennis

Terrie M. Williams
1954-
From: United States: New York
Fields: Business and Finance

Terry Tempest Williams
1955-
From: United States: Utah
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Literature and Poetry

Venus Williams
1980-
From: United States: Florida, Michigan
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: tennis

Terrie M. Williams
From: United States: New York
Fields: Business and Finance

Julie Williams-Byrd
From: United States: Virginia
Fields: Engineering

Alison Williamson
1971-
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: archery

Rumer Willis
1988-
From: United States: Idaho, Kentucky
Fields: Stage and Screen
Key Words/Phrases: Actress and singer

Helen Newington Wills
1905-1998
From: United States: California
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: tennis

Bertha Wilson
1923-2007
From: Canada, United Kingdom
Fields: Law

Cairine Reay Mackay Wilson
1885-1962
From: Canada
Fields: Government and Politics

Edith Bolling Galt Wilson
1872-1961
From: United States: Virginia, Washington DC
Fields: Government and Politics, Other

Edith Goodall Wilson
1896-1981
From: United States: Kentucky, New York
Fields: Music, Stage and Screen

Ellen Bernice Wilson
1976-
From: United States: California
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: judo

Matilda R. Wilson
1883-1967
From: Canada, United States: Michigan
Fields: Agriculture and Horticulture

Ann Winblad
1950-
From: United States: California, Minnesota
Fields: Business and Finance, Computer Science and Information Technology

Amy Winehouse
1983-2011
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Music
Key Words/Phrases: R&B, soul and jazz singer

Oprah Winfrey
1954-
From: United States: Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, Tennessee, Wisconsin
Fields: Business and Finance, Journalism and Broadcasting, Philanthropy, Stage and Screen

Shelley Winters
1920-2006
From: United States: California, Missouri, New York
Fields: Stage and Screen

Katarina Witt
1965-
From: Germany
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: figure skating, figure skater

Chris Witty
1975-
From: United States: Wisconsin
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: speed skating, speed skater, cycling

Hillary Wolf
1977-
From: United States: Illinois
Fields: Sports, Stage and Screen
Key Words/Phrases: judo, actress

Mary Wollstonecraft
1759-1797
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Human Rights, Literature and Poetry, Philosophy

Kara Wolters
1975-
From: United States: Massachusetts
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: basketball

Flossie Wong-Staal
1947-
From: China, United States: California
Fields: Biology

Beatrice Wood
1893-1998
From: United States: California, New York
Fields: Art, Stage and Screen
Key Words/Phrases: actress, artist, potter, "Mama of Dada"

Natalie Wood
1938-1981
From: United States: California
Fields: Stage and Screen

Lynette Woodard
1959-
From: United States: Kansas
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: basketball

Victoria Claflin Woodhull
1838-1927
From: United Kingdom, United States: New York, Ohio
Fields: Business and Finance, Government and Politics, Human Rights, Journalism and Broadcasting

Judy Woodruff
1946-
From: United States: Oklahoma, Washington DC
Fields: Journalism and Broadcasting

Virginia Woolf
1882-1941
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Human Rights, Literature and Poetry

Fanny Bullock Workman
1859-1925
From: France, Germany, United States: Massachusetts
Fields: Exploration and Adventure, Human Rights

Hannah Marie Wormington
1914-1994
From: United States: Colorado
Fields: Archaeology

Frances Wright
1795-1852
From: United Kingdom, United States: Tennessee
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights

Irene Aloha Wright
1879-1972
From: Cuba, Spain, United States: Colorado, Washington DC
Fields: Exploration and Adventure, History, Journalism and Broadcasting

Jane Wright
1919-
From: United States: New York
Fields: Health and Medicine

Teresa Wright
1918-2005
From: United States: New York
Fields: Stage and Screen

Wu Yi
1938-
From: China
Fields: Government and Politics

Empress Wu Zetian (Wu Chao)
625-705
From: China
Fields: Government and Politics

Chien-Shiung Wu
1912-1997
From: China, United States: New York
Fields: Physics
Key Words/Phrases: Experimental physicist, worked on the Manhattan Project

Sau Lan Wu
From: China, Hong Kong, United States: Wisconsin
Fields: Physics
Key Words/Phrases: physicist

Sheryl WuDunn
1959-
From: United States: New York
Fields: Business and Finance, Journalism and Broadcasting
Key Words/Phrases: Pulitzer Prize winner, journalist, businesswoman

Henriette Wyeth
1907-1997
From: United States: Massachusetts, New Mexico
Fields: Art

Kathryn S. Wylde
1946-
From: United States: New York, Wisconsin
Fields: Management and Labor Relations

Jane Wyman
1917-2007
From: United States: California, Missouri
Fields: Stage and Screen



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