Top Ten Women Who Changed Missouri

Jane Froman

Courtesy State Historical Society

There are so many women who influenced not only our state, but also our country and the world. These were women who challenged the status quo, who built business empires, and who understood the value of giving back to their communities. more

Jul 8, 2014 3:26 PM Life

Louise Stanley felt the school system was lacking something: basic home management skills such as nutrition, sewing, cooking, and child development. Now, she's known as the mother of home economics. more

Jul 8, 2014 3:04 PM Life

Nell Donnelly Reed

State Historical Society

Nell Donnelly Reed made and sold stylish dresses in 1916, and by the 1940s, her Kansas City-based clothing company was one of the largest of its kind in the world. more

Mar 22, 2013 5:00 AM Life

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Courtesy Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum

One of the most beloved literary legends, Laura Ingalls Wilder created memorable characters in her "Little House on the Prairie" series. more

Mar 19, 2013 5:00 AM Life

Edna Gellhorn

Courtesy State Historical Society

Edna Gellhorn helped form the National League of Women Voters and served as the league’s first vice president. more

Mar 18, 2013 5:00 AM Life

Jane Froman

Courtesy State Historical Society

Jane Froman overcame obstacles and became one of the most beloved entertainers of her time. more

Mar 15, 2013 5:00 AM Life

Annie White Baxter

Courtesy State Historical Society

Before women could even vote, Annie White Baxter was elected as the Jasper County clerk in 1890. more

Mar 12, 2013 5:00 AM Life

Helen Stephens

Courtesy William Woods University

An Olympic gold medal winner, Helen Stephens was known as“The Missouri Express” and “The Fulton Flash.” more

Mar 11, 2013 5:00 AM Life

Gerty Cori

Courtesy State Historical Society of Missouri

Gerty Cori was the first female to win a Nobel prize in science in 1928. more

Mar 8, 2013 5:00 AM Life

Susan Blow

Courtesy State Historical Society of Missouri

Susan Blow created the model for modern-day kindergarten classrooms. more

Mar 5, 2013 5:00 AM Life

Annie Turno Malone

Courtesy State Historical Society

Annie Turnbo Malone created and developed unique hair products for African-American women. more

Mar 4, 2013 5:00 AM Life

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