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Seven American Women Who Have Shaped History (Slideshow)

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Oprah Winfrey (born 1954) is a former pageant winner who began her rise to fame as a local television anchor in Nashville, Tennessee. In the mid-eighties, she became the host of The Oprah Winfrey Show, which quickly became a nationwide phenomenon.


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12:35PM PST on Feb 6, 2014

Firsts by African American Women! :)

8:16AM PDT on May 15, 2012

I don't agree wtih Oprah being on the list. What about Rosa Parks?

6:50PM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

Noted with interest....

5:41AM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

Thanks for the article.

7:02PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

Thank you to all those wonderful women who helped shape our world and the place we women take in the society of today.

3:43PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012


4:25AM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

My wife and two children and I live in the state of Illinois. Our current health insurance plan is a Choice Plan that is provided by "Penny Health" . The plan itself is a consumer driven health care plan.

2:31AM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

Definitely not Oprah Winfrey!!!
There are many women, black and white, who should have been on the list, but the list can only be so long!
Overall, it's a good list, with the exception of Oprah Winfrey.

11:01AM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

The greatest women in my life have been my mother and daughters. What they lack in fame they more than compensate for by changing the world one person at a time by practicing love, compassion and acceptance. Always the champions of the underdog, these women have inspired me in my own life and changed the course of my personal history. The world is filled with unsung heroes, and these are mine.

6:26AM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

Oprah !?!

How did she sneak in there ?!?

Eleanor Roosevelt ~ maybe one day history might recognise her as America's first (and un-elected..) "acting" female president ???

And maybe someday an updated international list could be interesting ~ I was thinking of more as I was looking through that list of 100 influential women of all time, that one contributor has added in here..

AS for those ladies writing on here who zero in on the subject of female suffrage ~ may I remind y'all that the USA was one of the last western countries to give women the vote ~ more than 30 years after New Zealand, and then Australia..

Even Russia and China beat you across the line ~ just to prove how much sway those WASP'ish old misogynists in the USA had back then ~ trying to keep all their womenfolk "barefoot, pregnant and chained to the kitchen sink..".

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