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Explore Women's History: Names & Faces


In this TED Talk, novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice – and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. 


She rose from legendary academic success as a young lawyer, to Supreme Court justice, to pop culture icon: How did the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg become the ‘Notorious RBG’? 


In 1965, Patsy Mink became the first Asian American woman and woman of color in the United States Congress. Who was Patsy Mink Takemoto looks at Mink's remarkable political journey as she fought for the most disenfranchised and forgotten in society.


Deb Haaland in front of U.S. Capitol building

Deb Haaland is a New Mexican, a citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna Native American tribe, and one of the first Native American women to serve in Congress. She was just confirmed as Secretary of the Interior, making her the first Native American U.S. cabinet member.


Rosalind Franklin is known as DNA’s Unsung Hero. Her important research in the 1950s was crucial to the discovery of the double-helical structure of DNA, one of the most important achievements in scientific history.


Sisters Angelina and Sarah Grimke were leaders in the fight against slavery and in the fight for women's rights.