Great Women of Our Time

I am currently writing my dissertation on great women of our time. I have found several lists online and then compiled my own list (after some additional research). I have tried to include women in different fields. My mentor Karen was quite happy with my choice and very grateful for same names she didn’t know, like multi-talented Marie Faverio, who will have an honorary position among “new great women” in my work, which I hope will include a couple of her poems, if I manage to get permission.

This list of great women is a representative list based on my personal research and preferences. Thanks for looking.
Sarah J.

PS: Sorry my Bravenet account is not working any more, but I didn’t log in for 3 months and they want customers to log in regularly to keep it active. I think WordPress works great though, and I hope you like it.

Marina Abramović (performance artist)

Harriet Chalmers Adams (explorer, writer and photographer)

Joy Adamson (naturalist, artist and author)

Jane Addams (social worker, public philosopher, sociologist, author, and leader in women’s suffrage and world peace)

Elizabeth Alexander (poet)

Maya Angelou (poet, memoirist and civil rights activist)

Jessica-Jane Applegate (Paralympic swimmer)

Elizabeth Arden (businesswoman)

Martha Argerich (concert pianist)

Margaret Atwood (poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, inventor and environmental activist)

Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo-soprano opera singer and recitalist)

Clara Barton (American Red Cross founder)

Gertrude Bell (writer, traveler, political officer and archaeologist)

Judith Bingham (composer and mezzo-soprano singer)

Idil Biret (concert pianist)

Bonnie Blair (speedskater)

Charlotte Bray (composer)

Maria Callas (soprano)

Rachel Carson (marine biologist, author and conservationist)

Edith Cavell (nurse)

Coco Chanel (fashion designer and businesswoman)

Shirley Chisholm (politician, educator and author)

Agatha Christie (writer)

Mary Higgins Clark (writer)

Jacqueline Cochran (pilot)

Bessie Coleman (civil aviator)

Nadia Comaneci (gymnast)

Samantha Cristoforetti (astronaut, pilot and engineer)

Marie Curie (physicist and chemist)

Raymonde de Laroche (pilot)

Nicole Dimond (artist)

Jacqueline du Pré (cellist)

Amelia Earhart (aviation pioneer and author)

Marie Faverio (artist, autism activist, writer of different genres, musician, and inventor of a secret language)

Anna Fedorova (concert pianist)

Carly Fleischmann (writer and entertainer)

Renée Fleming (opera singer and soprano)

Jane Fonda (actress, writer, political activist and former fashion model)

Dian Fossey (primatologist and conservationist)

Cheryl Frances-Hoad (composer)

Anne Frank (writer)

Rosalind Franklin (chemist and X-ray crystallographer)

Mirella Freni (soprano)

Indira Gandhi (stateswoman)

Althea Gibson (tennis player and professional golfer)

Nan Goldin (photographer)

Jane Goodall (primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace)

Steffi Graf (tennis player)

Temple Grandin (writer, professor of animal science and autism advocate)

Hélène Grimaud (concert pianist and founder of the Wolf Conservation Center)

Margaret Hamilton (scientist)

Matthea Harvey (poet, writer and professor)

Clara Haskil (pianist)

Sonja Henie (figure skater and film star)

Audrey Hepburn (actress, model, dancer and humanitarian)

Angela Hewitt (concert pianist)

Patricia Highsmith (novelist and short story writer)

Dorothy Hodgkin (chemist and Nobel Prize winner)

Estée Lauder (cosmetics pioneer)

Harper Lee (novelist)

Tamara (de) Lempicka (artist)

Valentina Lisitsa (concert pianist)

Mae Jemison (engineer, physician, writer and NASA astronaut)

Loïs Mailou Jones (artist and educator)

Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano)

Frida Kahlo (artist)

Helen Keller (author, political activist and lecturer)

Grace Kelly (actress)

Billie Jean King (tennis player)

Lee Krasner (artist)

Doris Lessing (novelist, poet, playwright, librettist, biographer, and short story writer)

Joanna Lumley (actress, former model, author and activist)

Rosa Luxemburg (Marxist theorist, feminist, philosopher, economist, anti-war activist, and revolutionary socialist)

Wangari Maathai (environmental political activist and Nobel laureate)

Faïza Maghni (artist)

Barbara McClintock (scientist, cytogeneticist and Nobel Prize winner)

Carson McCullers (novelist, short story writer, playwright, essayist and poet)

Margaret Mead (cultural anthropologist)

Lise Meitner (physicist)

Nellie Melba (soprano)

Meredith Monk (composer, performer, director, vocalist, filmmaker and choreographer)

Rita Levi-Montalcini (neurologist and Nobel Prize winner)

Toni Morrison (novelist, essayist, editor, educator, Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner)

Amanda Nadelberg (poet)

Martina Navratilova (tennis player and coach)

Mary Newport (artist, musician and actress)

Joyce Carol Oates (writer)

Georgia O’Keeffe (artist)

Jackie Kennedy Onassis (former First Lady of the USA)

Rosa Parks (Civil Rights Movement activist)

Lisa Perini (artist and musician)

Frances Perkins (sociologist and workers-rights advocate)

Eva Perón (former First Lady of Argentina)

Maria João Pires (concert pianist)

Sylvia Plath (poet, novelist and short story writer)

Lucia Popp (soprano)

Harriet Quimby (aviator and movie screenwriter)

Alicia Jo Rabins (writer, musician and Torah teacher)

Ayn Rand (novelist, philosopher, playwright and screenwriter)

Dora Raymaker (scientist, writer and artist)

Adrienne Rich (poet, essayist and radical feminist)

Sally Ride (physicist and astronaut)

Julia Robinson (mathematician)

Nancy Roman (Astronomer, “Mother of Hubble”)

Eleanor Roosevelt (former First Lady, politician, diplomat and activist)

J. K. Rowling (novelist and screenwriter)

Helena Rubinstein (businesswoman, art collector and philanthropist)

Lyudmila Rudenko (world chess champion and swimmer)

Irena Sendler (nurse, humanitarian and social worker)

Henriett Seth (writer, musician and artist)

Mikaela Sheldt (artist, photographer and poet)

Barbra Streisand (singer, songwriter, actress and filmmaker)

Joan Sutherland (soprano)

Valentina Tereshkova (cosmonaut, engineer and politician)

Helen Thayer (explorer)

Mother Teresa (nun, missionary and Nobel Prize winner)

Harriet Tubman (abolitionist and humanitarian)

Mitsuko Utchida (concert pianist and conductor)

Alice Walker (writer)

Madam CJ Walker (entrepreneur, philanthropist and activist)

Yuja Wang (pianist)

Simone Weil (philosopher, mystic and activist)

Donna Williams (writer, artist and musician)

Oprah Winfrey (media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer and philanthropist)

Virginia Woolf (writer)

Judith Wright (poet, environmentalist and activist)

Babe Didrikson Zaharias (athlete)

Elisa Leonida Zamfirescu (one of the world’s first female engineers)