Distinguished Women of Past and Present


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Welcome! This site has biographies of women who contributed to our culture in many different ways. There are writers, educators, scientists, heads of state, politicians, civil rights crusaders, artists, entertainers, and others. Some were alive hundreds of years ago and some are living today. We've heard of some of them, while many more have been ignored by history book writers. I'd like to acknowledge as many as I can.

-- Danuta Bois

This site has been selected to be archived by the Library of Congress to preserve its content for the future. We're truly honored!

"... women took up anatomy, astronomy, and religious activism. Career seekers became blacksmiths and butchers, printers and philanthropists, wool merchants and pull-the-wool scam artists. Whatever their social class, wherever their home town, they had a chin-up attitude..."

--Vicky Leon in Uppity Women of Medieval Times

Featuring 5766 links to 1959 women, and growing.

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