Elanor Roosevelt: She helped define what became the modern role of women in politics. She actually was the first Roosevelt to address the nation after the Pearl Harbor attacks - NOT her husband. Find that speech on YouTube and you'll know why she is a fantastic mind to learn from.
Marianne Faithfull, with a career spanning 5 decades has a new album featuring collaborations with artists including Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen and Anna Calvi who co-wrote the track Falling Back with Faithfull.
Time magazine named Sally Mann "America's Best Photographer" in 2001. Photos she took have appeared on the cover of The New York Times, best known for her large black-and-white photographs—at first of her young children, then later of landscapes suggesting decay and death.
"I have my own medicine against loneliness reaching the degree of despair: I read. I read as one swims to shore—when reading anything, I am not there, and therefore not alone; I am somewhere else, in the book, with those people. Probably the reason I read mainly novels; I join other lives. " - Martha Gellhorn
Early Man? “When I was a student at Cambridge I remember a professor holding up a picture of a bone with 28 incisions carved in it. 'This is often considered to be man’s first attempt at a calendar,' she explained. ‘My question to you is this – what man needs to mark 28 days? I would suggest to you that this is woman's first attempt at a calendar.’ It was a moment that changed my life. In that second I stopped to question almost everything I had been taught about the past.” - Sandi Toksvig
Author Rachel Cusk has a new novel Outline, and is currently writing a play—a version of Medea, that original literary bad mother, for the Almeida Theatre in London—Cusk is also completing a sequel to Outline, which she hopes to finish this summer.
5. Ellen Kullman Chair of the board and CEO DuPont 2011 rank: 4 Age: 56 Kullman, who became CEO of DuPont in 2009, continues her restructuring of the 210-year-old chemical company. Earlier this year she sold its autopaints business for 4.9 billion; analysts expect the CEO to push the company deeper into agriculture and nutrition.