Dr. Elsie Widdowson (1906–2000) was a pioneer of nutrition science. She studied chemistry at the Imperial College London, becoming one of the college’s first women graduates, then moved to The Middlesex Hospital to gain experience in human biochemistry.
Helen Richey was Amelia Earhart's copilot on one flight across the Atlantic. She became the first woman hired to be a pilot by a commercial airline in the US. She was the first woman licensed as an aviation instructor. She was the first woman to fly a scheduled mail flight. During WWII she commanded a group of women pilots for the British Air Transport Auxiliary, flying bombs between factories and airbases. She died by suicide at age 38
Dorothy Day with her prison dress. On November 1917 Day went to prison for being one of forty women in front of the White House protesting women's exclusion from the electorate. Arriving at a rural workhouse, the women were roughly handled. The women responded with a hunger strike. Finally they were freed by presidential order.
Helen Richey (1909-47) was a pioneering female aviator: the first woman to be hired as a pilot by a commercial airline in the U.S., the first woman sworn in to pilot air mail and one of the first female flight instructors.
Elise Depew Strang L'Esperance (1878-1959), shown here in 1951 with her Lasker Clinical Medical Research Award (co-recipient Catherine McFarland), was a pioneer in cancer treatment for women. She earned an M.D. in 1902 but by 1908 had shifted from medical practice to research. In 1920, she became a professor of pathology at Cornell University Medical College and in 1937, she founded the first cancer clinic focused on treatment of women.