Doodle-Worthy Women of July 2013

This month, we’ll take a look at another set of 5 incredible, Doodle-Worthy women — those whose achievements could have been, but weren’t, recognized by Google this past month:

Estée Lauder, born July 1, 1906, is of course the founder of the cosmetics manufacturing business that shares her name. Lauder got her start in the cosmetics business by working with her chemist uncle, and eventually convinced department stores to sell her wares. For her business acumen and achievements, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, was inducted to the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame, and was acknowledged by Time magazine as an “influential business genius.” Today, Estée Lauder Companies is an S&P 500 company posting over $7 billion in revenue in 2009.

Estee Lauder, photographed in 1966 by Bill Sauro.

Estee Lauder, photographed in 1966 by Bill Sauro.

Edmonia Lewis, born (approximately) July 4, 1844, was a sculptor who worked primarily in Rome and achieved financial and critical success internationally. Her heritage and life inspired both her style and her subjects; Lewis’s father was of African descent and her mother was of African and Ojibwe descent. Her works were exhibited at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, and U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant sat with her for a portrait. Today, Lewis’s work is displayed at Howard University and the Smithsonian.

Edmonia Lewis, circa 1870, by Henry Rocher.

Edmonia Lewis, circa 1870, by Henry Rocher.

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, born July 8, 1926, was the Swiss psychiatrist who theorized the well-known “five stages” of grief. While teaching at the University of Chicago, Kübler-Ross conducted a series of interviews with terminally ill patients; this work formed the foundation of her career and made great contributions to our understanding of the end of life. For her work, she was honored with many honorary degrees as well as the National Hospice Foundation’s Founders Award. She was named the Woman of the Decade by Ladies Home Journal in 1979, was one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Important Thinkers of the 20th Century, and was also inducted to the National Women’s Hall of Fame. The American Society of Hospice Care offers an award in her honor.

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross.

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross.

Maggie Walker, born July 15, 1867, was a businesswoman, civic leader, and the U.S.’s first female bank president. Walker was a member, and then leader, of the Independent Order of St. Luke, a society that aimed to advance the African American community through a variety of initiatives. In her leadership position, she developed and implemented a plan to form a bank, a newspaper, and a department store all focused on providing employment, advancement, financial security, and services for the black community. Today, the St. Luke Bank and Trust Company in Richmond, VA, remains the longest continuously operating bank led by African American presidents. Walker is an inductee to the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame, and her former home is a Historical Site operated by the National Park Service.

Maggie L. Walker, photographed in 1913.

Maggie L. Walker, photographed in 1913.

Jeanne Baré, born July 27, 1740, is the first woman to have completed a circumnavigation voyage, which she did disguised as a man on Louis de Bougainville’s 1766-1769 expedition. Her partner, Philibert Commerson, served as the voyage’s naturalist, and she worked with him as both an assistant and an expert botanist. This afforded her the privacy and ability to join the trip with her gender disguised, though Baré was eventually revealed to be a woman at some point during the voyage. In addition to achieving the circumnavigation, Baré also discovered, cataloged and characterized many new species of plants, flowers, and vines, including Bougainvillea. Her service was actually recognized by the French government, which offered her a retirement pension in the 1770s.


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