Amanda Vickery (b. 1962) is an English
historian and professor. She teaches early modern history at Queen Mary,
University of London.
She holds a PhD in modern history from the
University of London and has won several prizes for her work, including the
Whitfield Prize or the Wolfson History Prize. She is also well known for hosting
a series of BBC history programmes, such as Story
of Women and Art, which was shortlisted for a Scottish Bafta.
Cabot Agassiz (1822-1907)
was a pioneer of female education and academic endeavours. Among other
accomplishments, she was the co-founder and first president of Radcliffe
In 1869 she became one of the first female
members of the American Philosophical Society. From 1879 onwards, the so-called
“Harvard Annex” for female education grew under her care to become Radcliffe College
and offer women the same academic possibilities as men.
was a microbiologist and academic from Ireland. She was the first female Deputy
President and Registrar of University College Dublin.
She studied at University College and Trinity
College Dublin, earning a PhD in Microbiology. She became the chairwoman of the
National Council for Curriculum and Assessment in 1996, making her one of the
most influential persons in Irish education.
1942) is an Icelandic academic and political scientist. She is a leading figure
in the research into the concept of love on an international level.
She is the co-director
of the GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender
Studies, as well as Professor Emerita at the Center for Feminist Social Studies
at Orebro University. She has written several books on the politics of gender,
such as Why Women Are Oppressed or Love:
A Question for Feminism in the Twenty-first Century.
Karalyn Patterson (b. 1943)
is a neuropsychologist and academic. She is a specialist in cognitive
She obtained her PhD at the University of
California, San Diego, and went on to work for the Medical Research Council in
Cambridge. She is one of few British academics to be part of both the Royal
Society and the British Academy.
Card (1940-2015) was a Professor of Philosophy at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison. She taught Environmental, Jewish, LGBT and Women’s Studies.
She obtained her MA and PhD from Harvard University, after which she
taught at several prestigious institutions around the US and Europe. In 1996
she was elected Distinguished Professor of the Year by the Society for Women in
Anne Warburton (1927-2015) was the first woman to ever serve as ambassador to the United Kingdom. She became the British ambassador to Denmark in 1976.
In 1983, she was appointed as British Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, but retired from her diplomatic career in 1985 to become President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. She also served as a member of the Equal Opportunities Commission, and led an investigative mission into the treatment of Muslim women in Yugoslavia.
Ruth Benedict (1887-1948) was an influential anthropologist. She served as the President of the American Anthropological Association and taught at renowned universities around the country.
She is best remembered for works such as Patterns of Culture (1934), still standard reading for university anthropology courses, and The Chrysantemum and the Sword, an in-depth study of Japanese culture. She also wrote fiction and biographies of notable women in order to highlight their achievements.
Charlotte Barnum (1860-1934) was a mathematician and women’s rights activist. She was the first woman to obtain a PhD in Mathematics from Yale University.
Even though she was rejected from Johns Hopkins University in 1890 on account of her gender, she persisted until she was allowed to attend lectures. She then moved to Yale, and obtained her PhD in 1935, opening new avenues for future female students. She worked for institutions such as the US Naval Observatory and the US Department of Agriculture.
Luce Irigaray (b. 1930) is a Belgian-born French philosopher, known for her many feminist works such as Speculum of the Other Woman and This Sex Which is Not One.
She has two PhDs, one in Linguistics and the second in Philosophy. Her first research looked at the differences in language between male and female dementia patients. Her work studies gender from psychological, philosophical and economic perspectives.