Who Are Some Famous Females in History?


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Some famous women in history include Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Blackwell. Each of these women was born and raised in the United States and made her mark on history in America.

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Harriet Tubman began life as a slave in the antebellum South. At age 29, she escaped slavery and fled to Pennsylvania, but she did not remain on free soil for very long. Determined to help others, she returned over and over to the South to help other slaves escape on the Underground Railroad. She helped as many as 300 slaves flee to the North. During the Civil War, she served as a nurse, spy and scout for the Union troops.

Susan B. Anthony was one of the chief activists who helped women win the right to vote in the United States. In addition to women's suffrage, Anthony supported the abolition movement, labor rights and equal pay for women. Her first job was as a teacher in Adams, Massachusetts. She and Elizabeth Cady Stanton helped found the National Woman Suffrage Association. Dying in 1906, she never had the chance to vote herself.

In 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in the United States to receive a medical degree. The college that accepted her sent the acceptance letter as a joke. She found her college experience hostile and trying, but she graduated first in her class.

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