A short list of significant women who have at least some Maryland connection. Many more women could be added. Many more books are available than those listed here; check the Finding Books page for help finding more books.
Bertha Sheppard Adkins Clara Barton Betsy Bonaparte Margaret Brent Rosalie Steir Calvert Anna Ella Carroll Rachel Carson Claribel Cone and Etta Cone Mary Elizabeth Garrett Mary Katherine Goddard Billie Holiday Claire McCardell Juanita Jackson Mitchell Rosa Ponselle Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Adele Hagner Stamp Henrietta Szold Harriet Tubman Verda Freeman Welcome
(1906-1983) was a political activist, educator, and public servant from Salisbury, Maryland who served as Under-Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare during the Eisenhower administration. She served as Assistant Chairman of the Republican National Committee and became the first chair of the Federal Council on Aging.
(1821-1912) is best known as a famous Civil War nurse and as the founder of the American Red Cross. She spent the last 15 years of her life in the house in Glen Echo, Maryland which also served as the headquarters of the American Red Cross. The National Park Service now administers the house as the Clara Barton Historic Site. See more resources
Betsy Bonaparte (1785-1879), born in Baltimore, became an international celebrity on account of her short-lived marriage to Jérôme Bonaparte, Napoleon's youngest brother.
(1815-1894) was a politician, writer, and lobbyist active in the nineteenth century. See more resources
(1907-1964) was a biologist, writer, and environmentalist whose 1962 book on the use of pesticides had a powerful impact on the environmental movement. See more resources
were sisters who collected a premier art collection which they donated to the Baltimore Museum of Art.
(1897-1981) was a legendary operatic soprano who sang at the New York Metropolitan Opera. She lived in Baltimore from the late 1930s until her death in 1981. See more resources
(1774-1821) was the first native born American to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Seton is located in Emmitsburg, Maryland. She founded the Sisters of Charity which established schools, orphanages, and hospitals throughout the world. See more resources.
(1860-1945) was an educator and social activist from Baltimore who was the founder and first president of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America. She created the Youth Aliyah program which saved many thousands of Jewish children from concentration camps. See more resources.
(1820?-1913) was born a slave in Dorchester County, Maryland, but escaped to freedom when she was 25. She returned to conduct over 300 slaves to freedom earning the title "Moses of her people." See more resources
(1907-1990) became America's first black female state senator when she was elected to the Maryland Senate in 1962. She served in the Maryland Senate for twenty years. Among her significant legislative accomplishments was passage of legislation dealing with discrimination in public accommodations, mixed marriages, equal pay for equal work, and university status for Morgan State College.