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Every woman alive today owes an immeasurable debt to the women featured on this list.
—Barbara Walters

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The women
on our list ... have made contributions that influence women today and will continue to influence women’s lives well into the millennium.
—Myrna Blyth, Editor-in-Chief, Ladies' Home Journal

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      Eleanor Roosevelt
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Frances Perkins
Madeleine Albright
Mary McLeod Bethune
Emma Goldman
Carrie Chapman Catt
Jane Addams
Eva Peron
Alice Paul
Marian Wright Edelman
Rosa Parks
Golda Meir
Margaret Thatcher
Jiang Qing
Rigoberta Menchu
Dolores Huerta
Maggie Kuhn
Indira Gandhi
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
Sandra Day O'Connor
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Anita Hill
Mother Teresa
Gloria Steinem
Phyllis Schlafly
Hillary Rodham Clinton
      Toni Morrison
Virginia Woolf
Gertrude Stein
Agatha Christie
Margaret Mitchell
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Maya Angelou
Sylvia Plath
Hannah Arendt
Betty Friedan
Simone de Beauvoir
Dorothy Parker
Anne Frank
Rachel Carson
Margaret Mead
Ann Landers
Helen Gurley Brown
Barbara Walters
      Babe Didrikson
Gertrude Ederle
Sonja Henie
Suzanne Lenglen
Wilma Rudolph
Billie Jean King
Nadia Comaneci
      Marie Curie
Lise Meitner
Helen Caldicott
Rosalind Franklin
Jane Goodall
Mary Leakey
Barbara McClintock
Virginia Apgar
Melanie Klein
Grace Hopper
      Greta Garbo
Lucille Ball
Ella Fitzgerald
Marian Anderson
Maria Callas
Georgia O'Keeffe
Frida Kahlo
Mary Pickford
Marilyn Monroe
Leni Riefenstahl
Margaret Bourke-White
Dorothea Lange
Isadora Duncan
Jane Fonda
Martha Graham
Janis Joplin
Billie Holliday
Katharine Hepburn
      Martha Stewart
Coco Chanel
Mary Quant
Elsie de Wolfe
Estee Lauder
Julia Child
Ruth Handler
Jean Nidetch
Katharine Graham
Oprah Winfrey
      Amelia Earhart
Margaret Sanger
Jane Roe
Helen Keller
Maria Montessori
Betty Ford
Valentina Tereshkova
Nancy Brinker
Diana, Princess of Wales

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