More women have contributed significantly to American history than can be contained within a single table. The definition of a "famous woman" will vary between individuals, but there is no doubt that these women contributed importantly to the advancement of our society as well as the advancement of women in America.
Sacagawea, the daughter of a Shoshone chief, was born circa 1788 in Lemhi County, Idaho. At around age 12, she was captured by an enemy tribe and sold to a French-Canadian trapper who made her his wife. In November 1804, she was invited to join the Lewis and Clark expedition as a Shoshone interpreter.
Amelia Mary Earhart was an aviation pioneer who became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. In 1937, aged just 40 years old, Amelia Earhart disappeared in the Pacific Ocean on a solo flight attempting to circumnavigate the globe. Earhart disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island.
Rosa McCauley Parks is known today as the “mother of the civil rights movement” because her arrest for refusing to give up her bus seat sparked the pivotal Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott. She didn't set out to make history when she left her job as a seamstress to board a bus on the afternoon of December 1, 1955.
Sally Kristen Ride was an American physicist and astronaut. She studied at Stanford University before beating out 1000 other applicants for a spot in NASA's astronaut program. She became the first American woman in space in 1983.