100 Important Women in History

Celebrating the World's Most Prominent Females Who Gave the Greatest Contributions to our Society

100 famous women in history

Welcome to the website of the 100 Most Important Women of All Time - a page of 100 women who history would not be the same without. I, Shelby Ellery, created this site as a gold award project, the highest award that can be awarded in Girl Scouting that has to take at least 50 hours to complete. I chose this project because I believe that women aren't recognized enough.

I can name so many men that I have been taught by my teachers, but I really can't name all that many women. This site is a resource for all those people out there who are just like me, no matter what age, curious about how women also affected who people are today and who the world wouldn't be the same without. Take a moment to choose someone you have never heard of and look through this window into their soul, who they really were or are. By all means, help yourself. And thanks again!

Every March 8th signifies a day for women that is celebrated around the world.

This wildly celebrated day had humble beginnings in the start of this century in America and then in Europe. This time in history sparked the beginnings of change in the industrialized world, along with an significant increase in population. People began questioning and in fact demanding reform.

In 1908, over 15,000 women marched united through the New York City streets demanding shorter working days, increased pay checks and the ability to cast a vote in the elections.

Through out the next few decades, women united in different countries around the world. In Russia during the first world war, women started a strike for “bread and peace” to protest the killing of 2 million of their men. Under such intense pressure the Czar finally relented and allowed women the right to vote in that country.

In December 1977, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution announcing March 8th to be a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.

Annually since then, literally thousands of celebrations are staged all over the world to celebrate and motivate women to share their successes.

From huge events to local gatherings, its marks a day where women are honored for their achievements and this day provides an opportunity to reflect back on some of atrocities women have suffered. But more importantly it is a time to really focus on changes that have been made for the positive.

In developing countries literacy has been on the rise, education and communication has been critical in ensuring women understand their rights and provide protection against violence and discrimination.

The United Nations' theme for International Women's Day in 2007 is "Ending Impunity for Violence against Women and Girls”

Some issues that the U.N. and International Women's Day have focused on:

Take this day for yourself and for all women around the world. Do something to celebrate and honor those who have trodden the path before us and to secure a better future for our girls. Check out local listings in your area for events you can join or participate in. Gift the gift of time or love to a kindred spirit and know you deserve this day and live it to your fullest. Or you can read on the lives and works of these 100 famous women who made huge marks in society and history.

The List of 100 Important and Prominent Women in History

Jane Addams
Susan B. Anthony
Marie Antoinette
Saint Joan of Arc
Aspasia of Miletus
Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
Jane Austen
Ella Baker
Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike
Clara Barton
Florence Bascom
Simone de Beauvoir
Aphra Behn
Ruth Fulton Benedict
Shirley Temple Black
Elizabeth Blackwell
Bonnie Kathleen Blair
Rosa Bonheur
Louise Arner Boyd
Pearl S. Buck
Marie Anne de Cupis de Camargo
Rachel Carson
Catherine the Great
St. Catherine
Chien-shiung Wu
Juana Ines de la Cruz
Marie Curie
Agnes George de Mille
Emily Dickinson
Amelia Earhart
Marian Wright Edelman
Eleanor of Aquitane
Beatrix Jones Farrand
Edith Flanigen
Anne Frank
Rosalind Elsie Franklin
Betty Naomi Friedan
Elizabeth Gurney Fry
Margaret Fuller
Indira Gandhi
Sarah and Angelina Grimke
Caroline Lucretia Herschel
Judith E. Heumann
Dorothy Mary Crowfoot Hodgkin
Ariel Hollinshead
Mary Phelps Jacob
Helen Keller
Billie Jean King
Aleksandra Mikhaylovna Kollontai
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
Susette La Flesche Tibbles
Maya Lin
Juliette Gordon Low
Anne Sullivan Macy
Wilma Mankiller
Barbara McClintock
Catherine de Medici
Lise Meitner
Rigoberta Menchu Tum
Maria Montessori
Mother Theresa
Baroness Murasaki Shikibu
Florence Nightingale
Georgia O'Keeffe
Vijaya Lakshimi Pandit
Emmeline Pankhurst
Rosa Parks
Eva Peron
Christine de Pizan
Queen Anne
Queen Elizabeth I
Queen Isabella
Queen Victoria
Jeannette Rankin
Sally Ride
Alexandra Romanov
Eleanor Roosevelt
Margaret Sanger
Rose Schneiderman
Gloria Steinem
Lucy Stone
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Harriet Russell Strong
Bertha von Suttner
Emma Tenayuca
Valentina Vladimirovna Nikolayeva Tereshkova
Margaret Thatcher
Alexandrine Pieternella Francoise Tinne
Sojourner Truth
Harriet Tubman
Tz'u Hsi
Yoshiko Uchida
Phyllis Wheatley
Mary Wollstonecraft
Rosalyn Sussman Yalow

Don't forget this page: very helpful if you need some explanation of my choices, pictures, or anything common. Also includes a bonus woman and my works cited.

Notes from the Author

This page contains additional important women contributed by viewers of this webpage.
Additional Important Women

And as always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to email me (just click the link below). Thanks! :-)


Finished being created April 2001.
UPDATED September 2015.

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