Eight women in history you probably haven’t heard of

Fe Del Mundo


Harvard Medical School’s first female student

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz


Rejected several proposals and became a nun so she could devote her life to study.

Murasaki Shikibu


Published the first novel EVER. The Tale of Gengi – 1021

Victoria Claflin-


Woodhull- America’s first female presidential candidate.



She was the most famous mathematicians of the ancient world. She was also a philosopher and astronomer. Her enemy, an archbishop, called for her death. A pagan martyr.

Alexandra David-Néel


French explorer and travel book writer. Crossed the alps, rode her bike across Europe and studied Hinduism and Buddhism.

Grace Hopper

NMAH Archives Center Grace Murray Hopper Collection 0324 Box 3 Folder 5 Photograph 74 Lt. Grace Murray Hopper sitting at her desk. 1947 [?].

Mathematician who programmed the first computers. Won the first Computer Man-of-the-Year award.

Nurse Elizabeth Kenny


Developed a revolutionary polio treatment, but no one would listen to her in Australia. She travelled to Britain and the US where her work was more accepted.