Women in America: Extra and Ordinary


The stories of our past are powerful tools. They can be reminders of our successes and cautions of our failures. Entirely too often our history has been written by and for the praise of white men, marginalizing women and people of color. Women in America: Ordinary and Extra is a collection of 24 women living from 1785-2013 in America. Some of their stories are extraordinary while others celebrate the strength of the everyday. Each aspect of representation is critical to show a comprehensive thread of real women in our past that were treated as extras in America’s story. Explore this collection and realize the role of chance and oversight, the need for credible and holistic sources, and varied points of view in both subject and author’s perspectives to tell the extraordinary story of women who history treated as extra and ordinary.
Elleanor Eldridge Polly Bemis Kala Bagai Jackie Cochran
b. 1785 - d. 1865
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b. 1853 - d. 1933
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b. 1892 - d. 1983
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b. 1906 - d. 1980
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Mary Edwards Walker Senda Bereson Abbott Georgia "Tiny" Broadwick Sophie Lutterlough
b. 1832 - d. 1919
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b. 1868 - d. 1954
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b. 1839 - d. 1978
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b. 1910 - d. 2009
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Queen Lili’uokalani Zitkala-Sa Emma Reh Chien-Shiung Wu
b. 1838 - d. 1917
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b. 1876 - d. 1938
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b. 1896 - d. 1982
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b. 1912 - d. 1972
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Anna Maria Weems Eloise Gerry Ruby Hirose Lydia Mendoza
b. 1840 - after 1863
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b. 1885 - d. 1970
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b. 1904 - d. 1960
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b. 1916 - d. 1982
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Idawalley Lewis Anna Thomas Anna May Wong Alixa Naff
b. 1842 - d. 1911
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b. 1885 - d. 1976
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b. 1905 - d. 1961
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b. 1919 - d. 2013
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Edmonia Lewis Libbie Henrietta Hyman Frederica Annis Lopez de Leo de Laguna Lucille St. Hoyme
b. 1844 - d. 1907
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b. 1888 - d. 1969
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b. 1906 - d. 2004
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b. 1924 - d. 2001
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This project received support from the American Women's History Initiative.