Women of the West Online

The Women of the West Online program features images, biographies, and classroom activities for twenty-six remarkable women who contributed to the development of the American West. They played significant roles in a variety of fields: the Creative Arts, Entertainment, the Environment, Science and Medicine, Sports and Adventure and Social Justice. We are pleased to introduce you to this diverse group of women. Feel free to share this program with your friends and family.

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Women of the West Online program categories and personalities:

Creative Arts

Judy Baca (b.1946)
social muralist

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Mary Jane Colter (1869-1958)

Maria Martinez (c.1881-1980)

Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986)

Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957)
author of Little House on
the Prairie


Lotta Crabtree (1847-1924)
child actress

Annie Oakley (1860-1926)
sharpshooter, star of
Wild West show

Selena (1972-1995)
Grammy®-winning singer


Juana Briones (1803-1889)

Virginia McClurg (c.1850-1931)
advocate for Mesa Verde National Park

Mardy Murie (b.1902)

Science & Medicine

Justina Ford (1871-1952)

Susan LaFlesche Picotte (1865-1915)

Florence Sabin (1871-1953)
scientist and public health advocate

Flossie Wong-Staal (b.1947)
medical researcher

Sports & Adventure

Susan Butcher (b.1954)
four-time time winner of the Iditarod

Florence Griffith Joyner (1959-1998)
Olympic track & field star

Picabo Street (b.1971)
Olympic ski champion

Babe Didrikson Zaharias (1914-1956)
all-around athlete, professional golfer

Social Justice

Clara Brown (1803-1885)

Wilma Mankiller (b.1945)
former principal chief of
the Cherokee Nation

Mariagnes Medrud (b.1925)

Mary Ellen Pleasant (1814-1904)
civil rights leader

Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973)
first woman in U.S. Congress

Emmeline Wells (1828-1921)
suffragist and newspaper editor