So who are the Steel Magnolias—

…those  women who are as beautiful as magnolias, but as tough as steel…

…those women who make a difference in the lives of those around them…
…those women who will be remembered and talked about so fondly of for decades…

…those women whose random acts of kindness will be written down and read about for centuries…

This list could never name all of the Steel Magnolias thoughout history…and each of us has Steel Magnolias in our own lives that have uniquely shaped your own personal lives and made each of us into the people we are today…
But here is a list of the Steel Magnolias whose story I want to study and whose lives I want to learn from…in the next however-long-it-may-take…

  1. Abigail Adams 
  2. Louisa Adams
  3. Jane Addams
  4. Susan B. Anthony
  5. Marie Antoinette
  6. Saint Joan of Arc
  7. Hannah Arendt
  8. Mary Kay Ash
  9. Aspasia of Miletus
  10. Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor
  11. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
  12. Jane Austen
  13. Ella Baker
  14. Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike
  15. Clara Barton
  16. Florence Bascom
  17. Simone de Beauvoir
  18. Aphra Behn
  19. Ruth Fulton Benedict
  20. Shirley Temple Black
  21. Elizabeth Blackwell
  22. Bonnie Kathleen Blair
  23. Rosa Bonheur
  24. Louise Arner Boyd
  25. Pearl S. Buck
  26. Calamity Jane
  27. Marie Anne de Cupis de Camargo
  28. Rachel Carson
  29. Catherine the Great
  30. St. Catherine
  31. Tennie Chaffin
  32. Chien-shiung Wu
  33. Lady Randolph Churchill
  34. Empress Dowager Cixi
  35. Marie Von Clausewitch
  36. Cleopatra
  37. Louisa Creighton
  38. Juana Ines de la Cruz
  39. Marie Curie
  40. Agnes George de Mille
  41. Emily Dickinson
  42. Amelia Earhart
  43. Marian Wright Edelman
  44. Eleanor of Aquitane
  45. Beatrix Jones Farrand
  46. Edith Flanigen
  47. Anne Frank
  48. Rosalind Elsie Franklin
  49. Betty Naomi Friedan
  50. Elizabeth Gurney Fry
  51. Margaret Fuller
  52. Indira Gandhi
  53. Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire
  54. Betty Green
  55. Sarah and Angelina Grimke
  56. Esther Hill Hawks
  57. Sally Hemings
  58. Caroline Lucretia Herschel
  59. Judith E. Heumann
  60. Dorothy Mary Crowfoot Hodgkin
  61. Ariel Hollinshead
  62. Rachel Jackson
  63. Mary Phelps Jacob
  64. Helen Keller
  65. Billie Jean King
  66. Aleksandra Mikhaylovna Kollontai
  67. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
  68. Susette La Flesche Tibbles
  69. Lisa Lang
  70. Gail Laughlin
  71. Agnes Lee
  72. Maya Lin
  73. Belva Lockwood
  74. Juliette Gordon Low
  75. Mindy Macready
  76. Anne Sullivan Macy
  77. Mammy Pleasant
  78. Wilma Mankiller
  79. Jo March
  80. Beryl Markham
  81. Barbara McClintock
  82. Margaret Mead
  83. Catherine de Medici
  84. Lise Meitner
  85. Rigoberta Menchu Tum
  86. Ada Isaacs Menken
  87. Maria Montessori
  88. Mother Theresa
  89. Lucretia Cotton Mott
  90. Beryl Markham
  91. Audrey Munson
  92. Baroness Murasaki Shikibu
  93. Florence Nightingale
  94. Sandra Day O’Connor
  95. Scarlett O’Hara
  96. Georgia O’Keeffe
  97. Annie Oakley
  98. Vijaya Lakshimi Pandit
  99. Emmeline Pankhurst
  100. Rosa Parks
  101. Cecilia Penaferdes
  102. Eva Peron
  103. Lucy Pevensie
  104. Christine de Pizan
  105. Pocahontas
  106. Queen Anne
  107. Queen Elizabeth I
  108. Queen Isabella
  109. Queen Victoria
  110. Anna Cabot Lowell Quincy
  111. Martha Jefferson Randolph
  112. Jeannette Rankin
  113. Nancy Reagan
  114. Sally Ride
  115. Alexandra Romanov
  116. Eleanor Roosevelt
  117. Sakajawea
  118. Lisbeth Salander
  119. Irene Sandler
  120. Margaret Sanger
  121. Sappho
  122. Rose Schneiderman
  123. Margaret Chase Smith
  124. Kate Chase Sprague
  125. Germaine de Stael
  126. Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  127. Gloria Steinem
  128. Lucy Stone
  129. Harriet Beecher Stowe
  130. Harriet Russell Strong
  131. Bertha von Suttner
  132. Emma Tenayuca
  133. Valentina Vladimirovna Nikolayeva Tereshkova
  134. Margaret Thatcher
  135. Alexandrine Pieternella Francoise Tinne
  136. Sojourner Truth
  137. Harriet Tubman
  138. Tz’u Hsi
  139. Yoshiko Uchida
  140. Maria Von Trapp
  141. Ida B Wells
  142. Paula Wengeroff
  143. Phyllis Wheatley
  144. Oprah Winfrey
  145. Mary Wollstonecraft
  146. Victoria Woodhull
  147. Virginia Woolf
  148. Matilda Wormwood
  149. Rosalyn Sussman Yalow
  150. Malala Yousafzai 
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