About.com has a great starter list of the Top 100 Women in History. It includes names an biographies of each individual included. They are from many different segments of life (arts, politics, medicine, civil rights etc.) but even at 100, it’s not possible to include everyone who we can think of.
However…it just so happens that I’m part of a few women-centered listservs with members who have a few ideas of their own. So I give you a supplemental list of favorite women in history (some may be on the About.com list but that list appears only in groups of 10 and I didn’t cross-check and verify them all) from future historically significant women I have the good fortune to know in the present:
Ella Grasso (my contribution)
The invisible women who fought for justice whose names we will never know because there was a man getting the credit
And by the way, the #1 woman on the About.com list – it’s actually a very cute selection – even if I’m not sure how much I agree with it.
UPDATE: Not My Gal makes a some observations about the About.com #1 Woman in History as well as about who didn’t make the list.
Some other blogs have invited their readers to add more names too and the suggestions are great. They also demonstrate the kind of women the women I connect with and communicate with think of when asked this question. Yes, there can always be a story about the status-, fame-, fortune- and SEO-ready women. But women named by the women I know form a list of individuals who represent the qualities that we most admire and possibly aspire to.
Hattip to Not My Gal