Famous Women

Barbara J. Feldman

In honor of March’s designation as Women’s History Month, here are my web picks for exploring “herstory” through the eyes of the women that made it. Women’s History Month began as a single week in 1978 in Sonoma County, California. In 1981, it was elevated to National Women’s Week by Congress, then expanded to a month in 1987.

  • 200 Famous Women5 stars

    Creative Quotations isn't the biggest quotation site, but I like their Famous Women section because each quote page includes a biography snippet and the quotes all focus on some aspect of creativity. Despite the title, the collection includes more than seven hundred famous women. They are listed alphabetically from Berenice Abbott (American photographer) to Babe Didrikson Zaharias (American golfer), who said, "Luck? Sure. But only after long practice and only with the ability to think under pressure."

  • Bio: Notable Women5 stars

    In celebration of Women's History Month, the Biography Channel presents their list of notable women divided into three lists: History Makers; Media, The Arts, and Entertainment; and Athletes. Each featured woman is annotated with a short biography, a list of important accomplishments, list of related people, and sometimes, a related website or two. "While there are few Queens or Princesses among them, all these women have distinguished themselves for courage, creativity, persistence and vision. Well-loved or notorious, they have all made their mark on history."

  • Famous Women Inventors5 stars

    "Anyone who's ever driven in a rain or snow storm can attest to the dire importance of windshield wipers. What a lot of people don't know is that windshield wipers were invented by a woman. Inventor Mary Anderson received a patent for her car-window cleaning device in 1903." Focusing only on inventors, this site shines a spotlight on nineteen women who excelled in this traditionally male-dominated field. In addition to the short articles describing each invention, the site includes a resource list of sites about women inventors, and the process of inventing.

  • National Women's Hall of Fame5 stars

    The National Women's Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational institute located in Senaca Falls, NY, which is considered the birthplace of the American women's rights movement because it hosted the first Women's Rights Convention in 1848. So far, 236 amazing women have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. You can explore the women's bios in alphabetic order, or use the search function. Each bio page includes a bibliography of related books.

  • Children's Encyclopedia of Women3 stars

    This online project began in 1998, and the third and fourth grade classes at Pocantico Hills School in Sleepy Hollow, NY, have been adding to it every year since. From Bella Abzug to Empress Wu Zetian, some of the women have multiple entries, because each year the students choose their own subjects for their biography reports. "Who was Wu Zetian? Was she a brilliant leader, a woman in a man's shoes, or a cruel power seeker? Make up your own mind after you learn about her early life, rise to power, and her time on the throne. Wu Zetian was born as Wu Zhao in 624 A.D. into a rich family in Shanxi Province, China."

  • Honorable Mentions

    The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!


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  • Feldman, Barbara. "Famous Women." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 16 Mar. 2010. Web. 9 Oct. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/famous-women/ >.


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