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Throughout history and today, women lead advancements in science, technology, law, sports and activism—often fighting against inequity and opposition at every turn, and almost never behaving the way society expects.


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Emma Goldman

For nearly half a century, Russian emigrant Emma Goldman was the most controversial woman in America. She taunted the mainstream with her fervent defense of labor rights, women's emancipation, birth control, and free speech.

Annie Oakley

The toast of Victorian London, New York, and Paris, she entertained royalty and notable society. Annie Oakley excelled in a man's world by doing what she loved, winning fame and fortune as the little lady from Ohio who never missed a shot.

Voice of Freedom

Contralto Marian Anderson was hailed as the 'voice of a century' abroad but her talent and fame didn't spare her from racism and segregation at home. But she used her voice as a powerful force to transcend geographical, political, and racial boundaries. 

The Codebreaker

For 50 years, her contributions to WWII intelligence were a secret. No longer. The fascinating story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, the wife, mother and secret American hero who laid the foundation for modern codebreaking today.

Sandra Day O'Connor: The First

Appointed the first female Supreme Court Justice in 1981, Sandra Day O'Connor both reflected and shaped an era. For 25 years she ruled on cases involving some of the 20th century’s most controversial issues, including race, gender, and reproductive rights.

The Vote

Women weren't given the vote, they took it. The hard-fought and dramatic campaign took more than 70 years, and women pioneered unprecedented means of protest including hunger strikes, violence, and picketing the White House.