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:
- Charlotte Brontë wrote “Jane Eyre”;
- Emily Warren Roebling oversaw construction of the Brooklyn Bridge when her husband fell ill;
- Madhubala transfixed Bollywood;
- Ida B. Wells campaigned against lynching.
The Times even provides a form you can use to nominate for better-late-than-never obituaries for people from underrepresented minorities, including women.