feminism The Greatest Renaissance Women in American History  

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List Rules People on this list must be 1) American women who 2) have proven expertise in more than one field. Can be from any time in American history.

While many technical and scientific professions were closed off to women until recently, renaissance women still managed to make their mark on American history. These polymaths excelled in a wide range of fields, from business to medicine to politics. Famous renaissance women have led incredible lives while breaking the traditional barriers that kept them out of their fields.

Did you know that Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States while also being a prominent social and moral reformer? Or that actress Hedy Lamarr also helped invent innovative radio communications technology that's used in modern Wi-Fi? Or that TV chef and author Julia Child was also an intelligence officer in World War II whose activities weren't declassified until 2008?

These American women changed history and excelled in multiple fields, while usually also balancing the rigors of family life and raising children. Upvote the most remarkable renaissance woman or women you see below and add any talented females throughout American history who have made a difference and excelled in a variety fields, arts, and industries.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Renaissance Women in American History
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Anne Morrow Lindbergh was an American author, aviator, and the wife of fellow aviator Charles Lindbergh. She was an acclaimed author whose books and articles spanned the genres of poetry to non-fiction, touching upon topics as diverse as youth and age; love and marriage; peace, solitude and ...more

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Age: Died at 95 (1906-2001)

Birthplace: Englewood, New Jersey, United States of America

Profession: Pilot, Poet, Author, Essayist

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Mary Dixon Kies is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Renaissance Women in American History
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Mary Dixon Kies


Mary Dixon Kies was an early 19th-century American who was the first recipient of a patent granted to a woman by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, on May 5, 1809, which was for a technique of weaving straw with silk and thread. ...more

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Age: Died at 85 (1752-1837)

Birthplace: Eastern United States, Windham County, New England, Connecticut, United States of America, + more

Profession: Inventor

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Elizabeth Blackwell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Renaissance Women in American History
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Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, as well as the first woman on the UK Medical Register. She was the first woman to graduate from medical school, a pioneer in promoting the education of women in medicine in the United States, and a social and ...more

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Age: Died at 89 (1821-1910)

Birthplace: Bristol, United Kingdom

Profession: Physician

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Lucretia Mott is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Renaissance Women in American History
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Lucretia Mott


Lucretia Coffin Mott was an American Quaker, abolitionist, a women's rights activist, and a social reformer. Also known as Lucy Mott. She helped write the Declaration of Sentiments during the Seneca Falls Convention. ...more

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Age: Died at 87 (1793-1880)

Birthplace: Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States of America

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