Madalyn Murray OHair, who was murdered in 1995 at age 76, was an atheist activist. She founded the American Atheists and served as the organizations president from 1963 to 1986. She is perhaps best known for her role in the 1963 Supreme Court ruling that ended Bible reading in public schools. Life magazine once called her the most hated woman in America. // Famous atheists and their beliefs
Lillian Moller Gilbreth. In 1915 earned a PhD in industrial psychology from Brown Univ., the first degree EVER in that field. First American engineer to combine the fields of psychology and scientific management. Partnered w/ her husband in their management consulting firm. She did volunteer work and projects for the government. All this while giving birth to and raising TWELVE children--only one of whom was born in a hospital.
Nellie Bly was the pen name of American journalist Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman. She was also a writer, industrialist, inventor, and a charity worker who was widely known for her record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days, in emulation of Jules Verne's fictional character Phileas Fogg, and an exposé in which she faked insanity to study a mental institution from within. She was a pioneer in her field, and launched a new kind of investigative journalism
Cecilia Payne - the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know.