First female executive editor of The New York Times
First female Saudi filmmaker, award winning documentarian
Author of The Handmaid's Tale, amongst others
The first science fiction writer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship
Award winning Indian actress, singer, producer, human rights activist, and the first South Asian to headline an American network drama series.
Activist-turned-professor advocating for radical change in the U.S.
First African American U.S. poet laureate
American writer and filmmaker known for her romantic comedies
Co-Creator of Broad City
Tri-lingual CNN anchor known for being the first to cover breaking international news
Indian-American writer, actress, and producer known for The Office and The Mindy Project
Actress, comedian, director, producer, writer, Leslie Knope
First person to become a billionaire through writing books
First female co-anchor of a network evening news
Asian-American journalist and activist, also a member of Princeton's first graduating class of women
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Best selling and critically acclaimed Nigerian author, MacArthur Genius Grant recipient
"the world's most widely read Spanish-language author."
First and only woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director
Former Fox News anchor currently fighting against workplace sexual harassment
Mexican-American award winning author and activist.
First and only black woman to win the Triple Crown of acting
First black female director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture
First female head writer for Saturday Night Live
First openly gay anchor on a primetime news show
First black woman to create a premium cable series
Black Persian-American actress and human rights activist
Actress known for playing Hermione Granger, UN Women Goodwill ambassador, founder of HeForShe
Emmy award winning actress known for Orange is the New Black
Novelist and scholar of Chicana culture, feminist theory, and queer theory.
One of the most widely read young adult authors
First transgender actress to hold a recurring role on primetime tv.
First transgender person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the acting category, and the first openly transgender person to be on the cover of Time magazine
First person to play an openly gay character on primetime television
Nawal El Saadawi
Women’s rights activist, founder and president of the Arab Women's Solidarity Association, co-founder of the Arab Association for Human Rights
General Leia Organa
Female director with the highest-grossing movie and the biggest domestic film opening ever, first female director of a studio superhero movie
Indian film actress, womens rights and mental health advocate
First woman to executive produce three hit shows
"one of the most influential critics of her generation."
Youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate, Nobel Peace Prize recipient