List of famous & notable women whose images are available as posters & art prints: activists, artists, athletes, scientists, philosophers, and writers, past to present, for classrooms and theme decor.
The adult human female is called a “woman”, the human female child is called a “girl.” The word ‘female’ referes to the part of the species that produces the ova or egg cells, for the species reproductive process. The symbol for female gender is a circle above a cross, the same symbol for the planet Venus.
The word “woman” evolved from the Proto-Indo European root “man”, meaning “hand”, our distinctive extremity capability to manipulate objects. In Old English the word “wfyman” was used to describe a female human, and is perhaps a root to the word wife, the female role in a marriage.
Did you know? - Spinning wool and linen fiber into thread was so important, and time consuming prior to the industrial revolution, that the task fell to the unmarried women who didn't have family duties to attend to - hence the understanding of the word "spinster" today. AND - that the explorer Hanno the Navigator attempts to capture people he found while sailing the west coast of Africa ultimately failed- he had to kill the men outright, and finally the three women captives because they were so unmanageable. The records of his voyage uses the Greek word‚ “Gorillai‚” (“tribe of hairy women”) to describe the tribe.
• “I like to help women help themselves, as that is, in my opinion, the best way to settle the woman question. Whatever we can do and do well we have a right to, and I don't think any one will deny us.” ~ Louisa May Alcott
• “These impossible women! How they do get around us! The poet was right: Can't live with them, or without them.” ~ Aristophanes
• “If all Men are born free, how is it that all Women are born Slaves?” ~ Mary Astell
• “Women are not so well united as to form an Insurrection. They are for the most part wise enough to love their chains, and to discern how becomingly they fit.” ~ Mary Astell
• “A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again.” ~ Enid Bagnold
• “... The great religious art of the world is deeply involved with the female principle.” ~ Kenneth Clark
• “There is a woman at the begining of all great things.” ~ Alphonse de Lamartine
• “Women's history is the primary tool for women's emancipation.” ~ Gerda Lerner