Atima Omara-Alwala is a political strategist who has staffed 7 political campaigns & other progressive causes with a focus on women’s rights & political empowerment. Atima has served as a state officer of the VA Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) & Co-Chair of National NOW's Young Feminist Task Force. Currently, she is National Vice President of the Young Democrats of America & serves on the boards of the DC Abortion Fund and Planned Parenthood of Metro Washington Action…
Vijaylakshmi Pandit: Like her brother Jawaharlal Nehru, she too felt passionately for her country. After serving our nation for years, she became the first woman President of the United Nations General Assembly. A writer, a diplomat, and a politician, her works are an inspiration to many young women.
Aviator Jacqueline Cochran was the first woman to break the sound barrier and the first woman to fly a bomber across the Atlantic. Learn more about this pioneer with Florida Memory. (photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory)
Claire Charamnac is the co-founder of Women LEAD, the first and only leadership development organization for young women in Kathmandu, Nepal. Women LEAD has empowered more than 200 young women to become leaders in their schools and communities. Women LEAD was founded in 2010 when Claire was a junior at Georgetown University. Women LEAD was selected as Women Deliver's Top 50 Solutions Delivering for Women and Girls in 2012.
Senator Angie Buhl is a proven advocate and leader and has committed her life to working for others. She was first elected to the state Senate in 2010 at the age of 25, making her the youngest woman ever to serve in South Dakota's Senate. Elected from District 15 in the heart of Sioux Falls, Sen. Buhl serves on the Judiciary, Commerce & Energy, Retirement Laws, and Interim Rules Review Committees, and is the chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus.
1948: Margaret Chase Smith served as a Republican Senator from Maine, the first woman elected to both the House of Representatives and the Senate. At the 1964 Republican National Convention, Margaret Chase Smith becomes the first woman to have her name placed in nomination for president at a major party's convention.
Julia Morgan Awarded 2014 AIA Gold Medal - Following her admission as the first woman to attend the prestigious Ecoles des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Morgan returned to her native state to become the first licensed female architect in California. She practiced for nearly 50 years, designing more than 700 buildings. Some of her most notable projects include the St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Berkeley, Asilomar YWCA in Pacific Grove, and The Hearst Castle in San Simeon.
Chosen as president for Antioch University Seattle in July 2007, Dr. Cassandra Manuelito-Kerkvliet became the first Native American woman to ascend to the presidency of an accredited university outside the tribal college system.
Jessica Mack is a passionate global reproductive health and rights advocate. At 29, she has worked with women's groups in Africa, Asia and Latin America on these issues, connected with other activists far and wide, and has written and blogged along the way, from Feministe to the Guardian. She is committed to helping other young feminist seeking to break into the global reproductive health field, and talks at college campuses, mentors and continually supports other young advocates.
Shailey Gupta-Brietzke has provided pro bono representation for over 300 victims of domestic violence in the family courts at her tenure at AVDA. She was honored as the Texas Observer’s Tyrant’s Foe for her continued work on behalf of victims of domestic violence. Shailey also served as the board president of the Lilith Fund, an abortion fund. Shailey lead the Lilith Fund to move from an all volunteer organization to hiring it's first paid staff person.
Rosalind G. Brewer was made the CEO and President of Sam's Club in early 2012, making her both the first woman and the first African American to be made a chief officer in the company. Her rise through the ranks is also notable — she started with the company just a few years earlier in 2006 as a company scientist and rose through the executive ranks. Pretty awesome.
Patricia Valoy is an engineer, a feminist and an activist who is working hard to bring women and the STEM-fields closer together. She has her own blog, Womanisms, is an avid Tweeter under the handle Besito86, and she’s a co-host at Let Your Voice Be Heard Radio.
Sarah Winnemucca (1844–1891) was one of the most influential and charismatic Native American women in American history. Born near the Humboldt River Sink in Nevada to a legendary family of Paiute leaders at a time when the Paiutes’ homeland and way of life were increasingly threatened by the influx of Anglo settlers, Sarah later wrote that the white men “came like a lion, yes, like a roaring lion, and have continued so ever since.”
Halle Tanner Dillon Johnson was a 24 year old widow raising a daughter when she decided to attend the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. She graduated with honors in 1891 and accepted a position as the resident physician at the Tuskegee Institute. Before she began her job, Halle needed to pass the Alabama Medical Board exam, an unusually difficult multi-day test. When she passed the exam, Halle became the first female physician of any race licensed by the state of Alabama.
Raquel Ortega is a fierce feminist from the Southwest dedicated to uplifting the voices of those who have been historically disenfranchised & marginalized. As a progressive activist she is deeply committed to empowering the next generation of young leaders through mentorship and cross movement building. She currently works at Choice USA in Washington, DC where she works with young people across the country to organize around issues of reproductive justice on their campuses & in their…
Mallika Redmond is the lead gender justice researcher at Political Research Associates. Malika founded the International Black Youth Summit (IBYS) at age 14 and has worked as an advocate and organizer for national justice organizations such as Choice USA, National Center for Human Rights Education, and SisterSong. She worked for the Spelman College Women's Research and Resource Center (WRRC) as a coordinator of the Audre Lorde Black Lesbian Feminist Project.
Shelby Knox, 26, is nationally known as the subject of the Sundance award-winning film, The Education of Shelby Knox, a 2005 documentary chronicling her teenage activism for comprehensive sex education & gay rights in her Southern Baptist community. Shelby travels across the country as an itinerant feminist organizer, and is currently the Director of Women’s Rights Organizing at Change.org.
Victoria Snow created her website, Feminish, upon realizing she had fresh insight to offer with regards to navigating every day life as a young feminist in a not always so feminist-friendly world. Victoria also started The Young Feminist Network, a group aimed to encourage and make for easier communication and networking within the global feminist community. Additionally, she takes on causes like mentoring young feminists, offering advice in a column, and abolishing child porn site.
Hemly Ordόñez is State Strategies Manager at Advocates for Youth. She works w/ local & state-based organizations & youth activists to advocate for cultural & policy changes that improve & value young people's sexual & reproductive health & rights. She's been actively involved in youth advocacy w/ communities of color both online & offline for over 7 yrs. She was program coordinator at the Women’s Center & a co - founder of the Women Advancing Gender Equity Fellowship at Georgetown…
Myra Duran is currently Policy Coordinator for California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ). Prior to joining CLRJ, Myra was a National Campus Organizer at Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF). Myra graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Women's Studies with a concentration in Women of Color Feminism & a minor in Labor & Workplace Studies. As a student activist, she spearheaded FMF's Campaign to Expose Fake Clinics at UCLA w/ the feminist activist student group, Bruin Feminists for Equality.
Stephanie Davidson is the President of the Harvard Women’s Law Association, which aims to unite female lawyers to address gender-based bias through and within the law. She is third-year law student, focusing providing direct legal representation to survivors of domestic violence. Stephanie worked in sex crimes prosecution bvefore law school. As an undergraduate student at Columbia, Stephanie worked as a rape crisis counselor, led Take Back the Night, and founded the Anti-Violence Coalition.