Great Women in History

I wrote about this for a newspaper around 2012, so I decided to write the research out and share it with any one who is interested.  The list is in honor of National Women’s HIstory month and International Women’s History Day…

Below I have short lists of women divided into 4 groups:

  1. leaders, 2. writers, 3. philosophers, and 4. educators and links for each if you want to get more names. 🙂

Great Leaders:


BENAZIR BHUTTO of Pakistan. A woman who united her people to overthrow Gen. Musharaf.




Mbande Nzinga, Queen of Angola, 1582 – 1663. Led her people against the powerful Portuguese who were trying to enslave her people. A powerful military leader. She stood up to European powers in a way few others had at that time.


Indira Gandhi

Prime Minister of India, lived from  1917-1984



Nigerian Queen, 1560-1610

Known as a great military leader,

She also opened up trade routes to the south, enriching Zaria’s economy with gold, slaves and cola nuts.

For a longer list of women leaders from ancient times to present day, check out this link:


Great writers:

Harriett Beecher Stowe (1811-1896; U.S.A.)

Uncle Tom’s Cabin;  or, Life among the Lowly (first published 1851-1852)  


Charlotte Brontepen name:  Currer Bell (1816-1855; U.K.)

Jane Eyre (first published 1848)


Maya Angelou (any of her autobiographies and her poetry, especially I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings)


Tsitsi Dangarembga ~ Nervous Conditions 

See also Cora’s  African Authors: Tsitsi Dangarembga & Nervous Conditions


Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins (“Life Among the Paiute”—Native American writer)

Zora Neale Hurston (“Their Eyes Were Watching God”—Harlem Renaissance Writer)


Shirley Jackson (earlier Stephen King-type writer of short stories such as “The Lottery”)


For more info on great women writers, check this link out:



Great Women Philosophers:


Hypatia of Alexandria: C370-415AD

a leading mathematician and astronomer, she is thought to have taught ideas relating to different levels of reality and humanity’s ability to understand them. She seems to have believed that everything in the natural world emanates from “the one” – and that human beings lack the mental capacity fully to comprehend ult imate reality


Elizabeth Anscombe: 1919-2001

Oxbridge-rooted academic principally concerned with defining the actual nature of phenomena such as mind and morality,


Anne, Lady Conway: 1631-1679

Preoccupied with the question of substance – she doubted the existence of inert matter – she developed a God-based theory of nature as an integrated mental and material order


For more women philosophers, check out this link:


Great Women Educators:

Marjorie Lee Browne

Marjorie Lee Browne was one of the first black women to receive a doctorate in mathematics


Emily Davies

A profile of Emily Davies, British suffrage worker and educator.


Beatriz Galindo

Beatriz Galindo biography – profile of a tutor of Queen Isabella, Catherine of Aragon, and Juana the Mad.


Maria Mitchell

Maria Mitchell was the first professional woman astronomer in the United States and was a professor of astronomy at Vassar College.


For more women educators, check this link out:


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