To devote oneself to a field of study is to become a part of the fabric of that field—be it language, medicine, politics or culture. Female scholars shine among these intellectuals, including pediatric trailblazer Virginia Apgar and anti-Communist crusader Jean Kirkpatrick. Mary Wollenstonecraft championed equal education rights for women, Angela Davis and Bell Hooks vastly contributed to the Civil Rights Movement, and feminist poet Adrienne Rich explored the complexities of marriage and motherhood. Browse full biographies of these and other great minds who paved the way for the female scholars of today to change the shape of the world of tomorrow.

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