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Frieda Caplan

Frieda Caplan’s specialty food company has helped introduce a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to American palates, from kiwis and Asian pears to spaghetti squash and habanero chilies.

Fanny Brooks

Rather than try her fortune directly through prospecting, Fanny Brooks followed the Gold Rush as a teenager and opened a successful general store and boarding house, creating the infrastructure to support other pioneers.

Ruth Porat

Hailed as the most important woman on Wall Street for her work as CFO of Morgan Stanley, Ruth Porat became Google’s first female CFO in 2015.

Ruth Porat, 2012

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Financial executive Ruth Porat in 2012 at the Bloomberg Markets Conference.
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Financial executive Ruth Porat in 2012 at the Bloomberg Markets Conference.
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Rachel Sassoon Beer

Rachel Sassoon Beer rose to fame as owner and editor of both The Observer and The Sunday Times, making her the first woman to edit a national newspaper.

Rachel Sassoon Beer

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Rachel Sassoon Beer, editor of The Observer and The Sunday Times.
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Rachel Sassoon Beer, editor of The Observer and The Sunday Times.

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Babatha

Spirited and determined, Babatha repeatedly fought for her rights in court, showing the differences between the ideal world of the Mishnah and the real lives of second century Jews.

Registration Document for Date Orchards, Second Century CE

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Registration document for four date orchards owned by Babatha, a second century Jewish woman. One of the 35 separate papyrus scrolls belonging to her that were found in the Cave of Letters.

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Registration document for four date orchards owned by Babatha, a second century Jewish woman. One of the 35 separate papyrus scrolls belonging to her that were found in the Cave of Letters.

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Hattie Carnegie, 1955, cropped

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Designer Hattie Carnegie sits and holds her dog.
Photograph by John Engstead.

Designer Hattie Carnegie sits and holds her dog.

Photograph by John Engstead.

Julie Heldman and Teammates with the Federations Cup, 1966

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From left to right: the United States national team tenniswomen Carole Caldwell Graebner, Julie Heldman and Billie Jean King in Turin, Italy, holding the Federations Cup in 1966.
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From left to right: the United States national team tenniswomen Carole Caldwell Graebner, Julie Heldman and Billie Jean King in Turin, Italy, holding the Federations Cup in 1966.

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