WAPO ran an article on women who had made a difference! Not quite sure of their criteria but I think Eleanor Roosevelt and Jane Addams should have been on the list! Frances Perkins previously posted on here was on the WAPO list for being first female cabinet member. I would argue her accomplishments far greater than just being first in that category. But hey here is another candidate of mine!
|Born||September 6, 1860
Cedarville, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||May 21, 1935 (aged 74)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Occupation||a social and political activist, an author and lecturer, a community organizer, a public intellectual|
|Parents||John H. Addams
Jane Addams (September 6, 1860 – May 21, 1935) was a pioneer settlement worker, founder of Hull House in Chicago, public philosopher, sociologist, author, and leader in woman suffrage and world peace. Beside presidents such as Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, she was the most prominent reformer of the Progressive Era and helped turn the nation to issues of concern to mothers, such as the needs of children, public health and world peace. She emphasized that women have a special responsibility to clean up their communities and make them better places to live, arguing they needed the vote to be effective. Addams became a role model for middle-class women who volunteered to uplift their communities. She is increasingly being recognized as a member of the American pragmatist school of philosophy. In 1931 she became the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.