New York Times Publishes Obituaries for “Overlooked” Women


Ida B. Wells, one of the nation’s most influential investigative reporters, in 1920. Chicago History Museum/Getty Images

In recognition of the International Women’s Day on March 8, the New York Times published obituaries of 15 women it had “overlooked” when they died.  Says the Times, “Since 1851, The New York Times has published thousands of obituaries: of heads of state, opera singers, the inventor of Stove Top stuffing and the namer of the Slinky. The vast majority chronicled the lives of men, mostly white ones; even in the last two years, just over one in five of our subjects were female.”

These are among the 15 women highlighted today:

The Times even provides a form you can use to nominate for better-late-than-never obituaries for people from underrepresented minorities, including women.