Women have played a significant role in American history. From the early days of the colonies, women have been an integral part of shaping the country. Female History Hero's have been activists, leaders, and trailblazers in various fields. Some notable women in American history include:
Maggie Lena Walker, African American entrepreneur and civic leader who broke traditional gender and discriminatory laws by becoming the first Black woman to establish and become president of a bank in the United States.
Jane Addams, founded the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom in 1919, and worked for many years to get the great powers to disarm and conclude peace agreements. In the USA, Jane Addams worked to help the poor and to stop the use of children as industrial laborers.
Laura Cornelius Kellogg was an Oneida leader, author, orator, activist and visionary. She was a founder of the Society for American Indians and an advocate for the renaissance and sovereignty of the Six Nations of the Iroquois and fought for communal tribal lands, tribal autonomy and self-government. During the 1920s and 1930s, Kellogg and her husband, Orrin J. Kellogg helped transform the modern Iroquois, not back into their ancient League, but into major actors, activists and litigants in the modern world of the 20th century Indian politics.
Lucy Gonzalez Parsons was an American labor organizer and socialist. She is remembered as a powerful orator. Parsons entered the radical movement following her marriage to newspaper editor Albert Parsons where she contributed to the newspaper he famously edited, The Alarm. Parsons remained a leading American radical activist, as a founder of the Industrials Workers of the World and member of other political organizations.
Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop was a passionate advocate for her Native Hawaiian people, believing that education was key to the survival of our lāhui. In 1883, she bequeathed her entire estate, including 375,000 acres of Hawai‘i land, to create Kamehameha Schools. Her endowment now funds thousands of learners across Kamehameha Schools’ three K-12 campuses, 29 preschools and many community-based education programs, as well as a number of cultural and environmental stewardship programs.
Women have also made significant contributions in the fields of science, literature, and the arts. Despite facing discrimination and barriers, women have continued to break through and make their mark on the country. Their contributions continue to shape the nation and inspire future generations.