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Women of the Hall

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First Name Last Name Year Honored Birth Death Born In Born In Country
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Honored: 1973 (1815 - 1902)
Suffragist and reformer. Stanton noticed from her earliest years that women were not treated equally with men. In 1848, she and others convened the first Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York, bringing 300 individuals together, including Frederick Douglass. Stanton determined that the right to vote was the key to women's equality. Throughout her life and partnership with Susan B. Anthony, she wrote and argued brilliantly for women's equality through the right to vote.
Elizabeth Hanford Dole
Honored: 1995 (1936 - )
First woman to hold two cabinet positions as Secretary of Transportation under Ronald Reagan and Secretary of Labor for President George Bush. Dole later became President of the American Red Cross.
Elizabeth Jane Cochran Nellie Bly
Honored: 1998 (1864 - 1922)
Trail-blazing journalist considered to be the "best reporter in America" who pioneered investigative journalism.
Ella Fitzgerald
Honored: 1995 (1917 - 1996)
World-renowned jazz singer and the first pop musician awarded the Lincoln Center Medallion. At 15, she entered a talent contest to dance. Her knees shook so much during the contest, she chose to sing instead and was discovered by a Chick Webb band member.
Ella Baker
Honored: 1994 (1903 - 1986)
Premier behind-the-scenes organizer and co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), headed by Martin Luther King, Jr. Baker also helped establish the civil rights movement's foremost student organization, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee.
Ella Grasso
Honored: 1993 (1919 - 1981)
First woman elected a state governor in her own right. Grasso was elected Governor of Connecticut in 1974, serving until illness forced her retirement in 1980. She was also a Congresswoman and advocate for women, minorities and the elderly.
Ellen Swallow Richards
Honored: 1993 (1842 - 1911)
The nation's first professional woman chemist, an important figure in opening careers in science to women. By applying scientific principles to domestic life, Richards became a leader in the new disciplines of sanitary engineering, nutrition and home economics.
Emily Blackwell
Honored: 1993 (1826 - 1910)
Sister of Elizabeth Blackwell, was also a physician. Emily ran the infirmary for women and the medical college for women founded by her sister, providing excellent training for women in medicine.
Emily Dickinson
Honored: 1973 (1830 - 1886)
One of the world's greatest poets. A New England woman who spent much of her life in one small community, her world vision and innovative style has had a lasting impact on literature.
Emily Howell Warner
Honored: 2001 (1939 - )
In 1973, Emily Warner became the first American female commercial airline pilot when Frontier Airlines broke the barrier against hiring women pilots. She later became the nation's first woman airline captain, also at Frontier Airlines.
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