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International Women’s Day

In honor of women and International Women’s Day, we’ve updated our home-page specimens to names of notable women. The typefaces we’ve used to render their names are in square brackets.

Karimeh Abbud (1893–1940) Palestinian professional photographer and artist, and one of the first woman photographers in the Arab World. [Margit]

Janaki Ammal (1897–1984) Anglo-Indian botanist who worked on plant breeding, cytogenetics and phytogeography. [Emeritus]

Maya Angelou (1928–2014) American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. [Extenda]

Mary Anning (1799–1847) English fossil collector and paleontologist. [Regime]

Hertha Ayrton (1854–1923) British engineer, mathematician, physicist and inventor, and suffragette. [Madelyn]

Josephine Baker (1907–75) American-born French entertainer, French Resistance agent, and civil rights activist. [Seventies]

Alice Ball (1892–1916) American chemist who developed the ‘Ball Method’, the most effective treatment for leprosy during the early 20th century. [Oposta]

Sarah Bernhardt (1844–1923) French stage actress who starred in some of the most popular French plays of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. [Jacks’ Maggot]

Mary Louise Brooks (1906–85) American Jazz Age icon, writer, film actress and dancer. [Alder Road]

Coco Chanel (1883–1971) French fashion designer who ruled Parisian haute couture for almost six decades. [Koning Display]

Marie Curie (1867–1934) Polish-born French physicist, famous for her work on radioactivity and twice a winner of the Nobel Prize. [Asgard]

Emilie du Chatelet (1706–49) French natural philosopher and mathematician. [Valvolina]

Ray Eames (1912–88) American artist and designer. [Rig Shaded]

Gertrude Elion (1918–99) American biochemist and pharmacologist who in 1988 received the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. [Fleisch]

Carolyn Greider (1961–) an American molecular biologist and Nobel laureate. [Milka]

Mary W. Jackson (1921–2005) American mathematician and aerospace engineer and NASA's First Female African American Engineer. [Liquorstore]

Irène Joliot-Curie (1897–1956) French chemist, physicist, and politician. [Lektorat]

Sofya Kovalevskaya (1850–91) Russian mathematician who made noteworthy contributions to analysis, partial differential equations and mechanics. [Code Next]

Chika Kuroda (1884–1968) Japanese chemist whose research focused on natural pigments. She was the first woman in Japan to receive a Bachelor of Science. [Codelia]

Ada Lovelace (1815–52) English mathematician and writer. She has been called the first computer programmer. [Erotique]

Wangari Maathai (1940–2011) Kenyan social, environmental and political activist, and the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. [Indie Inline]

Theresa Malkiel (1874–1949) Ukrainian-born American labor activist, suffragist, and educator. [Bourton Pro]

Rosa Parks (1913–2005) American activist in the civil rights movement. [Laca Pro]

Sappho (Σαπφώ ) (c. 630–c. 570 BC) was a prolific Greek poet from Eresos or Mytilene on the island of Lesbos. [Platia (Greek)]

Shin Saimdang (1504–51) Korean artist, writer, calligrapher, and poet, who lived during the Joseon period. [Spektra]

Maria Sibylla Merian (1647–1717) a talented naturalist, entomologist and botanical artist, one of the first to study insects and to describe metamorphosis. [Nicholas]

Savitribai Phule (1831–97) Indian social reformer and educator, and was a pioneer of India's feminist movement. [Jali]

Valentyna Radzymovska (1886–1953) Ukrainian researcher in the fields of biochemistry & physiology, and public activist of Ukrainian national movement. [Meno Banner]

Hai Bà Trưng (c. 14–c. 43) The Trưng sisters were Vietnamese military leaders who ruled for three years in the first century AD. They are regarded as national heroines of Vietnam. [Sisteron]

Sojourner Truth (1797–1883) American abolitionist and women's rights activist. [Astronef Super]

Phillis Wheatley (c. 1753–84) American author and the first African-American author of a published book of poetry. [Alegria]

Alice Evelyn Wilson (1881–1964) Canada’s first female geologist. [Brill]

Sau Lan Wu (early 1940s–) Chinese American particle physicist and the Enrico Fermi Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. [Recovery]

Chien-Shiung Wu (1912–97) Chinese American particle and experimental physicist who made significant contributions in the fields of nuclear and particle physics. [Cortado]

Kono Yasui
(1880–1971) Japanese biologist and cytologist. In 1927, she became the first Japanese woman to receive a doctoral degree in science. [Etna]