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Herstories from What She Said Stitches

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a 19th-century American activist, editor and writer. An abolitionist and early suffragist, Stanton worked closely with Susan B. Anthony, campaigning for women’s right to vote. She helped form the National Women’s Suffrage Association and served as their president for 20 years.

Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker was a writer of book reviews, short fiction, poetry, plays, and screenplays who worked for publications like Vanity Fair, Vogue, and The New Yorker. But she’s best remembered for her caustic wit and her tendency to infuriate extremely powerful people.

Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel

Famous worldwide as Coco Chanel, the woman who is said by many to have revolutionized women’s fashion, freeing them from restrictive corsets, had a lot to say about fashion, the relationships between men and women, and the world in general.

Claudette Colbert

Claudette Colbert was an actress of the stage, film, and television noted for her professionalism, humor, and keen eye for detail. At one point, she was the highest-paid actress in Hollywood. When asked the key to her ageless beauty, she replied: “Laughter – it’s the key to everything. To a day of gloom or despair, to happy work, to life.”

Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Handler is a comedian, television host, producer, writer and actor listed by Time magazine in 2012 as one of its 100 Most Influential People. She’s brash, funny, abrasive, blunt, candid, sometimes vulgar and very successful. She’s what I call “one great broad.”

Celine Dion

Celine Marie Claudette Dion is a worldwide phenomenon due to her amazing voice and the promotional savvy of her late husband, Rene Angelil. Her story however is not that of a woman made great by a man, but rather of a woman who stood in partnership with her husband to establish her position and her brand in the entertainment industry.

Carrie Fisher

In 2015, Ms Fisher returned to the role of Princess (now General) Leia in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Her first portrayal, in the original trilogy, established her character as a woman capable of holding her own with the male characters on the screen while battling the evil forces of the dark side.

Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand was a Russian-American writer and philosopher, and is the favorite author of every libertarian tech bro in Silicon Valley. She’s most wid...

Tina Fey

In 2008, during the campaign to nominate a Democratic candidate for president of the United States, Tina Fey returned to SNL (Saturday Night Live) with Amy Poehler and anchored the Weekend Update news desk. The skit that followed was hilarious and so “on point.”

Sarah Silverman

A stand-up comedian, writer, producer and actor, Sarah Silverman tackles controversial topics with irony and humour. In an October 13, 2015 article in Glamour magazine Silverman shared her experiences in her battle with depression and panic attacks.

Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland is an American ballet dancer and the first African-American woman to be appointed as a principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre. She was also a member of President Obama's Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition and is an award-winning author.

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor was “one great Dame.” The British government saw fit to bestow upon her the title Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. In all respects, though, she fit the (perhaps politically incorrect but no less appropriate) bill of a great dame, a woman who knew herself completely and made no apologies for being herself.