1. Susan B. Anthony – Civil/Women’s Rights Activist
Without Susan B. Anthony the lives of women in the U.S. would be significantly different today! An influential American civil rights leader, Susan played one of the most important roles in the 19th century women’s rights movement by introducing women’s suffrage to this country. Susan’s actions lead the way for women’s rights to be acknowledged and instituted into the government we know today. Without Susan B. Anthony Women’s History Month may not exist at all.
2. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis – First Lady
First lady to President John F. Kennedy, Jackie Kennedy will forever be remembered for her grace, beauty and elegance, as well as her contributions to the arts and historic architecture. She remains one of the youngest First Ladies in history, with memories of her taste and style, as well as popularity among foreign dignitaries. Among us all, Jackie Kennedy is honored for leading the country in mourning the death of John F. Kennedy in 1963.
3. Barbara Walters – Journalist
Barbara Walters remains one of the most talented and popular broadcast journalists in the U.S. and around the world. With experience on the Today Show, The View, ABC Evening News and ABC World News, Barbara Walters covers interviews with top world leaders, celebrity icons and influential decision makers across all industries.
4. Eunice Kennedy Shriver – Founder of the Special Olympics
Breaking barriers for individuals and families dealing with special needs, Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded the Special Olympics in 1968. As a successful advocate for children’s health and disability issues, Eunice also founded the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in 1962, as well as the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Center for Community of Caring focused on education programs on disabilities.
5. Julia Child – Chef
Julia Child is most widely known for introducing French cuisine to America with her cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The successful and innovative chef also hosted a popular television program, The French Chef, which was followed by a dozen other widely popular TV cooking series. As featured in Time magazine, Julia Child will forever be remembered as “Our Lady of the Ladle.”
6. Condoleezza Rice – Political Scientist and Diplomat
The 66th U.S. Secretary of State for the Bush administration, Condoleezza Rice also served as the first woman in the position of National Security Advisor during President George W. Bush’s first term. While serving as the Secretary of State, Condoleezza pioneered a policy of Transformational Diplomacy and focused on strengthening democracy in the Middle East.
7. Madonna – Entertainer
One of the most iconic American recording artists of all time, Madonna excels in singing, song writing, record producing, dancing, acting, film producing and directing, fashion designing and writing. What you may not have known – Madonna also plays guitar, percussion and drums, in addition to her vocal talents. Hits including “Like a Virgin,” “Like a Prayer,” and her most famous, Blonde Ambition Tour, rank Madonna as a leader in the music industry, one that will remain on top for decades to come.
8. Sylvia Plath – Poet
Sylvia Plath lived a very short but highly successful life, including a Pulitzer Prize win. Best known for The Collected Poems, Sylvia also wrote The Bell Jar, The Colossus and Other Poems and Ariel. As a poet, novelist and short story writer, Sylvia succeeded in advancing the genre of confessional poetry to the strength it holds in today’s literary world.
9. Sally Ride – Astronaut
A NASA astronaut and American physicist, Sally Ride is anything but ordinary! As the first American woman and (at the time) youngest American to enter space, Sally joined NASA in 1978 and went to space in 1983. After leaving NASA, Sally began working at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Arms Control.
10. Georgia O’Keeffe – Painter/Artist
Georgia O’Keeffe remains a major figure in American art in the 1920s. With several technical contributions to art, Georgia is also well known for challenging the boundaries of then-modern American art. Focusing on flowers, rocks, shells and landscapes, Georgia’s interpretation of art included abstract imagery and contoured forms with a wide color palette. Georgia will forever be remembered for her influence in the American modernism movement.