Presenting Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party -

Famous Female Activists & Artists


For well over a hundred years now many contributions of African American and Caucasian females have been ignored in our children's textbooks. Information on female abolitionists and suffragists, in particular, has been left out of our classrooms, though their involvement in the civil rights movement in the 19th and early 20th century was considerable. Below you will find one section of Judy Chicago's book,The Dinner Party (1996), presented in order to display the fact that many women, both black and white, contributed a great deal to American culture and the modern-day civil rights movement. These women with their heroic vision, intelligence, and courage are role models for contemporary feminists and freedom fighters of all persuasions. Please click on the internal links below to view the biographical information about each of the extraordinary women listed. Sojourner Truth's page is listed first because it includes a link to a beautiful piece of art Ms. Chicago created specifically for her. In addition, you can read about the history of Ms. Chicago's art and book, as well as the purpose of this web site, in the preface.

Sojourner Truth (1797 - 1883) - abolitionist & feminist

Marian Anderson (1902 - present) - singer & delegate to the U.N.

Josephine Baker (1906 - 1975) - entertainer

Mary McLeod Bethune (1875 - 1955) - college president

Anna Ella Carroll (1815 - 1893) - writer & spy

Mary Ann Shad Cary (1829 - 1892) - lawyer, editor & teacher

Prudence Crandall (1803 - 1890) - educator

Milla Granson (19th c.,) - teacher

Angelina Grimke (1803 - 1879) - abolitionist & feminist

Sarah Grimke (1792 - 1873) - abolitionist & feminist

Frances Harper (1825 - 1911) - abolitionist, feminist & writer

Zora Neale Hurston (1901 - 1960) - novelist & folklorist

Edmonia Lewis (1845 - 1890) - sculptor

Bessie Smith (1894 - 1937) - singer

Maria Stewart (fl. 1830s) - abolitionist & educator

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811 - 1896) - abolitionist, feminist & writer

Harriet Tubman (1826 - 1913) - abolitionist & feminist

Margaret Murray Washington (1863 - 1953) - educator

Ida B. Wells (1862 - 1931) - abolitionist & writer

 

Mail questions or comments to Penny L. Hankins (plhanki@ilstu.edu)