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Top 10 most influential women in America's history

Historical Women in American History

History becomes especially relevant when you can captivate audiences with stories. pictures and video of the poplar, fabulous, courageous,inventive,whimsical,alluring,revolutionary women who shaped America. These women were all born before 1930s and are in order by birth date. This Is my tribute to them, Join with me on this epic adventure! They all lived in our beloved America.

1. Abigail Adams


Abigail Adams

(1744 – 1818) wife of President John Adams, mother of President John Quincy Adams, influential in beginnings of US as a nation, supporter of women’s rights. Abigail Smith met John Adams when she was a young girl at church. By 1762 they were exchanging frankly affectionate love letters full of mischievous humor. Their wedding, on October 25, 1764, began one of history's great partnerships. They were lovers, friends, counselors, and mentors to one another into old age. John did not resent his wife's abilities to manage a farm and raise a family without him during his long absences on the nation's business. Rather, he took considerable pride in her accomplishments. He told her she was so successful in budgeting, planting, managing staff, regulating live-stock, buying provisions, nursing and educating her children, that their neighbors would surely remark on how much better things seemed to go in his absence.

2. Harriet Beecher Stowe

 Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe

(1811 – 1896) Was an American abolitionist and author. Her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) depicted life for African-Americans under slavery; it reached millions as a novel and play, and became influential in the United States and United Kingdom. It energized anti-slavery forces in the American North, while provoking widespread anger in the South. She wrote more than 20 books, including novels, three travel memoirs, and collections of articles and letters. She was influential both for her writings and her public stands on social issues of the day.

#3 Susan B. Anthony

#3 Susan B Anthony


Susan Brownell Anthony

(1820 – 1906) formed the National Woman’s Suffrage Association, pioneer in the fight for Women’s Rights, first woman to have her picture on an American coin (silver dollar). She was a prominent American Civil Rights leader who played a pivotal role in the 19th century women's rights. She averaged 75 to 100 speeches per year. She was one of the important advocates in leading the way for women's rights to be acknowledged and instituted in the American government.

4. Elizabeth Blackwell


Elizabeth Blackwell

(1821 - 1910) Elizabeth was born in England. Her Family moved to the United States in 1832 when she was 11 years old. Elizabeth was the first woman physician (doctor) in the US, founded the New York Infirmary for Women and Children in 1857, founded Women’s Medical College in 1867. She was a pioneer in educating women in medicine in the United States, and was prominent in the emerging women's rights movement.

#5 Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt was the longest living first lady in the United States. She was called the "First Lady of the World" with regards to human rights. She helped with women get better jobs in the workplace, she was instrumental in the idea of the GI bill, she helped with civil rights for African Americans during the segregation era. In 1934 Eleanor lobbied to make lynching a federal crime. After her husband passed away Theodore, she went on to become the first woman chairperson on the UN's Commission of Human Rights. Eleanor played an instrumental role in creating the Universal Declaration of Human rights. She Averaged 150 lectures in the 1950's over human rights for the world. The United Nations Awarded her one the the first Human rights prizes in recognition of her service in 1968.

6. Helen Keller


Helen Keller

(1880 – 1968) overcame blindness and deafness, graduated from Radcliffe, gave many speeches on behalf of the physically handicapped and wrote several books. She was the first deaf blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. she helped to found the American Civil Liberties Union(ACLU). Keller and Sullivan traveled to over 39 countries, making several trips to Japan and becoming a favorite of the Japanese people. Keller met every U.S. President from Grover Cleveland to Lyndon B. Johnson and was friends with many famous figures, including Alexander Graham Bell, Charlie Chaplin and Mark Twain.

7. Amelia Earheart

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Amelia Earhart

(1897 – 1939) first American woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean alone. Amelia EarHart was declared legally dead January 5, 1939) She was a noted American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first woman to receive the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross, awarded for becoming the first aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She set many other records, wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences and was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots. Earhart joined the faculty of the world-famous Purdue University aviation department in 1935 as a visiting faculty member to counsel women on careers and help inspire others with her love for aviation. She was also a member of the National Woman's Party, and an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment. During an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937 in a Purdue-funded Lockheed Model 10 Electra, Earhart disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island. Fascination with her life, career and disappearance continues to this day.

8. Katharine Hepburn


Katharine Hepburn

(1907-2003) holds the record for the most Best Actress Oscar wins with four out of 12 nominations. She won an Emmy Award in 1976 for her lead role in Love Among the Ruins, and was nominated for four other Emmy's, two Tony Awards and eight Golden Globes. In 1999, she was ranked by the American Film Institute as the greatest female star in the history of American cinema. She was so athletic, she would go swimming in the cold water and she did this till she was 80 years old. One of my favorite actresses!

9. Rosa Parks


Rosa Parks

(1913 -2005 ) American civil rights leader, famous for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama. Rosa Parks received many honors ranging from the 1979 Spingarn Medal to thePresidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Gold Medal and a posthumous statue in the United States Capitol's National Statuary Hall.

10. Marilyn Monroe


10. Marilyn Monroe

1926-1962 born Norma Jeane Mortenson, but baptized Norma Jeane Baker, was an American actress, singer and model. After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Monroe began a career as a model, which led to a film contract in 1946.The final years of Monroe's life were marked by illness, personal problems. The circumstances of her death, from an overdose of barbiturates, have been the subject of conjecture. Though officially classified as a "probable suicide", the possibility of an accidental overdose, as well as the possibility of homicide, have not been ruled out. In 1999, Monroe was ranked as the sixth greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute. In the years and decades following her death, Monroe has often been cited as a pop and cultural icon as well as an eminent American sex symbol.

Marilyn Monroe Picture Video

Annie Oakley


Notable Mention: Annie Oakley

(1860 – 1926) famous woman sharpshooter, star of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. born Phoebe Ann Mosey, was an American sharpshooter and exhibition shooter. Oakley's amazing talent and timely rise to fame led to a starring role in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, which propelled her to become the first American female superstar. Using a .22 caliber rifle at 90 feet Oakley reputedly could split a playing card edge-on and put five or six more holes in it before it touched the ground. Annie began hunting at the age of six to support her siblings and her widowed mother. She sold the hunting game for money to locals in Greenville, as well as restaurants and hotels in southern Ohio. Her skill eventually paid off the mortgage on her mother's farm when Annie was 15.


Ibidii on September 02, 2014:

Very well done! I love history especially about Women who were very influential. As a legally blind woman, I only have to look and see what Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan accomplished and KNOW I can do whatever I want!

Mindy Bench (author) from Oregon on March 06, 2014:

Hi will I went ahead and put her in and added annie as a notable mention.

Mindy Bench (author) from Oregon on August 07, 2012:

Yes I think it would be good to do a a heroins hub, ladies who did so much for many of us, and like you said, Ruth who pretty much saved the Jewish nation from genocide. Thank you :)

pmcminn on August 06, 2012:

though only a few are is a tribute nonetheless, I would vote for Rahab, Ruth and Mary Magdalene as women of strength and courage, and so many other unsung heroines, such as the translator for Newton's work and Madame Curie who discovered penicillin, though it was not attributed to her and for those who mock her films...she was an absolute wonderful comedian.

christianesk from The Global Hamlet on August 05, 2012:

I enjoyed reading this hub and watching videos and slideshow to boot! Most interesting. Hellen Keller must have been supremely determined. Wow, what an inspiration!

tony on May 03, 2012:

No clara barton? Good list, I am not so sure about monroe, barton was the american red cross man...

Mindy Bench (author) from Oregon on February 23, 2011:

Thank you all,I was surfing the internet and I found many sites that have top women in the world but not in the US. so I decided to make this one. I actually had Elanor R. in my list ,but I decided to go with Oakley to spice it up. It wasn't easy choosing. I might put a poll on here and see if we should add her in place of Blackwell or somebody else?

suziecat7 from Asheville, NC on February 23, 2011:

Great stuff here - my kind of Hub - rated up!

Chris Merritt from Pendleton, Indiana on February 23, 2011:

Very good and informing...I am STILL blown away by Helen amazing she was.

I vote up and useful!!


WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on February 23, 2011:

Very good Mindy!

Too bad it was not the top eleven so you could have included Eleanor Roosevelt!

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