6 Women Who Made a Mark on American History
Everyone knows the founding fathers, but few know the women who shaped American history.
Here are six of the most important women in American history.
- Susan B Anthony 1820-1906: She drove the suffragette movement and battle for women’s right to vote.
- Jane Addams 1860-1935: She established the U.S. settlement house movement to bridge the divide between rich and poor. She was the first American lady to receive a Nobel peace prize in 1931.
- Helen Keller 1880-1968: After becoming deaf and blind as a child, she defeated her disabilities to earn a bachelor of arts degree. She ended up as one of the twentieth century’s driving forces helping others and was a Co-Founder of the ACLU
- Rosa Parks 1913-2005: She was arrested in 1955 for declining to surrender her seat on a segregated bus impelling the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
- Shirley Chisholm 1924-2005: In 1969 she became the first black woman elected to the U.S Congress. She additionally ran for the Democratic nomination in the 1972 presidential election.
- Eleanor Roosevelt 1884-1962: The humanitarian was active in politics and expanded the role of the first lady. She took a stand in opposition to discrimination and supported women’s issues.