Dorothea Lynde Dix (1802-1887) - She led the drive to build state hospitals for the mentally ill in the U.S as well as to improve prison conditions. She traveled through the US and Europe for this cause until she was 80 years old. In addition, she was the superintendent of the U.S. Army nurses during the Civil War from 1861-1865. (contribution by Richard Guntner)
Condoleezza Rice (1954-present) - Condoleezza grew up with many hard-ships as an African American living in the segregated south, but she persevered. She went on to the University of Denver at the age of 15 and graduated Cum Laude as well as Phi Beta Kappa at age 19 with a degree in Political Science. She went on to become a professor at Stanford University, earning numerous awards. Soon she became the first female, first non-white, and the youngest provost. She served in George W. Bush Sr.'s administration and led many tricky negotions with the previously called Soviet Union. Currently, Condoleezza is the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (also called the National Security Advisor)and she is the first female to hold this position. (contribution by Lauren P.)
Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821) - First American saint. Founder of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul (Sisters of Charity). She also founded the first Catholic elementary schools in the U.S, the Orphans Asylum of Philadelphia, and the nation's first Catholic child-care institution. (contribution by Richard Guntner)
Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910) - Publisher of Science and Health and founder of a church, college, publishing company, and newspaper (which has won six Pulitzer Prizes) and influenced healing and spirituality throughout the world. In 1995, she was inducted into the United States' National Woman's Hall of Fame. (contribution by Valerie Minard).
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