Arago: Exhibits


Pioneering Women

Many of the women depicted on United States postage stamps have made significant contributions to their chosen professions. In Women on Stamps: Part 2, we feature women who pioneered in the fields of health, science, education, philanthropy, aviation and athletics.

These women exemplify the characteristics of courage, fortitude, and persistence that aided them in gaining acceptance and recognition in male-dominated fields. Though faced with challenges, many of these women accomplished ‘firsts’ in their chosen careers - from Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor, to Blanche Scott, the first female to fly solo. Other women, such as Clara Barton and Jane Addams, responded to the needs of others, founding organizations to improve the lives of underserved populations.

Since the early twentieth century, the United States has honored the significant accomplishments of this diverse group of women through postage stamps.