9 Important Women in American History You May Not Have Heard of

Submitted by Vandana, Historyly.com

When we talk of American history, we find innumerable names which find a prominent place there and most of them are that of men. However, it has been seen that there are many powerful and influential women who have had a significant part in American history. Though some of these names are quite popular, some of the names have disappeared into oblivion. In this article we will discuss some famous women in American history:

Hedy Lamarr

Image Credit: picryl

People know Hedy Lamarr as a glamor girl of Hollywood, but most do not know that she is also an inventor. She worked alongside George Antheil, who was a composer for developing the idea of “frequency hopping.” This would have helped military radios from being bugged. Initially, her patent was ignored by the US Navy. But later, many technologies were developed based on the same concept, without giving the lady any credit for the same. It was much later that the original patent was discovered and the lady was honored with an Electronic Frontier Foundation Award before her death in the year 2000.

Lee Krasner

Image Credit: flickr

She was an American abstract expressionist painter, who did her work in the second half of the 20th century. She was the wife of renowned artist Jackson Pollock and her artworks were often overlooked and ignored. Though she was quite accomplished as a painter in her own way, Krasner never got the recognition she deserved. The volumes of her artwork were rediscovered in the 1970s. Among very few famous females in history, her work has a retrospective exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art.

Harriet Powers

Bible Quilt Harriet Powers, an African American farm woman from Clark County, Georgia created this lively, balanced expression of her religious fervor. She exhibited her quilt at the Athens Cotton Fair of 1886. Photo from the Smithsonian Treasury: American Quilts by Doris M. Bowman, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC, 1991. Credit: Alfred Harrell (Smithsonian Institution)

Though Harriet Powers was born in Georgia into slavery, she is one of the greatest Southern textile artists as far as the history of the United States goes. For telling her stories, she sought help from quilts, where she stitched elaborate and stunning images from various myths, celestial phenomena and also Biblical stories. She also drew on West African artistic traditions. Just two of the quilts which she stitched remain today. One is preserved at Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and the other at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *