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"Women Change America" is 2005 Theme

The 2005 Women’s History Month theme, “Women Change America,” honors and recognizes the role of American women in transforming culture, history and politics as leaders, writers, scientists, educators, politicians, artists, historians, and informed citizens.

“Women Change America ” also celebrates the myriad ways in which the spirit, courage, and contributions of American women have added to the vitality, richness, and diversity of American life. In 2005, all previous Women’s History Week and Month Honorees will be recognized and celebrated as we explore how “Women Change America.”

The National Women’s History Project thanks Jennifer Kennedy, Christie Rubio, and Margaret Zierdt for their work in researching, writing, and editing the paragraphs on the 144 former National Women’s History Week/Month Honorees

A list of all the women who have been honored for
National Women’s History Week and National Women’s History Month follows
(in alphabetical order): Go to to read about each honoree

Bella Abzug (1920-1998 )

Martha Graham (1894-1991)
Dancer, Choreographer

Nina Otero-Warren (1881- 1965)
Politician, ,Businesswoman

Abigail Adams (1744-1818)
Women Rights Advocate

Angelina Grimké (1805-1879)

Essie Parrish (1903-1979)
Kashaya Pomo Doctor

Rebecca Adamson (1950-)
Native American Advocate

Sarah Grimké (1792-1873)

Alice Paul (1885–1977)

Jane Addams (1860–1935)
Social Worker

Fannie Lou Hamer (1917–1977)
Civil Rights Activist

Frances Perkins (1880–1965)
Government Leader

Marian Anderson (1902-1993)

Alice Hamilton (1869-1970)
Physician, Social Reformer

Esther Peterson (1906-1996)
Labor advocate

Mary Anderson (1872–1964)
Labor Activist

Frances Watkins Harper (1825-1911)
Abolitionist, Author

Mary Pickford (1893-1979)

Ethel Percy Andrus (1884–1967)
AARP Founder

La Donna Harris (1931-)
Indian Rights Activist

Leontyne Price (1927-)

Maya Angelou (1928-)
Author, Poet

Dorothy Height (1912-)

"Ma" Rainey (1886-1939)
Blues Singer

Susan B. Anthony (1820- 1906)
Women’s Rights Activist

Lillian Hellman (1905-1984)
Playwright, Screenwriter

Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973)

Virginia Apgar (1909-1974)

Anita Hill (1956-)

Florence Reece (1900-1986)
Labor Song Writer

Judith F. Baca (1946-)
Artist, Muralist

Dolores Huerta (1930-)
Civil Rights Activist

Sally Ride (1951-)

Ella Baker (1903–1986)
Civil Rights Activist

Jovita Idár (1885–1946)

Robin Roberts (1960-)
Broadcast Journalist

Clara Barton (1821- 1912)
American Red Cross Founder

Shirley Jackson (1946-)

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962)

Catherine Beecher (1800-1852)
Author, Educator

Mae Jemison (1956)

Harilyn Rousso (1946)
Disabled Rights Activist