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Women Who Change the World

From astrophysicists to economists to actresses, Madeira women of all ages and generations have great accomplishments that span throughout their lives and their careers. As a Madeira alumna, you share a common bond with the following extraordinary women among many others. 

Madeira women continue to push, challenge, and question. The purpose of this page is to highlight the unique achievements of our alumnae and as those accomplishments continue to grow, this page will always be a work in progress. 

Listed ascending order by class year

Ruth Carter Stevenson
Ruth Carter Stevenson '41 Philanthropist | Founder of the Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth
Joan Morgenthau Hirschhorn
Joan Morgenthau Hirschhorn '41 Physician | Founder of Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center
June Biedler
June Biedler '43 Scientist | "Mother of Drug Resistance"
Martha Gaines Wehrle
Martha Gaines Wehrle '44 Politician | Politician; West Virginia State Senator
Frances Sternhagen
Frances Sternhagen '47 Actress | Winner of two Tony awards
Alice Mitchell Rivlin
Alice Mitchell Rivlin '48 Economist | Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation