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Prominent Women Figures


Carol H. Arndt – Journalist and women's editor of the Army Times, 1973 and wife of Lt. Cmdr. Edward J. Arndt, U.S. Navy. (Columbarium Court 1, section F -10, niche 2)

Fay Bainter – American stage and film actress during silent films and wife of Lt. Cmdr. Reginald Venable. (section 3, site 2456-1)

Cmdr. Beatrice V. Ball, U.S. Coast Guard (Women's Reserves) - Senior officer in SPARS (women's Coast Guard unit) founded in World War II. (section 8, site 115)

Constance Bennett – American actress in more than 50 films, including the 1937 film "Topper." She was married to Brig. Gen. Theron John Coulter. (section 3, site 223)

Lt. Ollie Josephine B. Bennett, U.S. Army - Pioneer woman Army doctor during World War I. (section 10, site10938LH)

Jane Delano, U.S. Army - Second superintendent of Army Nurse Corps 1909-12, active with the Red Cross during World War II. (section 21, site 6)

Marguerite Higgins - Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and only woman correspondent during Korean War. She covered World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. She was the wife of U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. William Evans Hall. (section 2, site 4705-B)

Lt. Col. Juanita Hipps, U.S. Army – Served as a U.S. Army nurse during World War II. She wrote "I Served on Bataan" a best seller in 1943 and the basis for the movie "So Proudly We Hail." (section 21, site 769)

Juliet O. Hopkins – A Civil War Confederate nurse known as the "Florence Nightingale of South." (section 1, site 12)

Admiral Grace Hopper, U.S. Navy – Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper was a U.S. Navy mathematician and a pioneer computer programmer and co-inventor of COBOL [Common Business Oriented Language]. (section 59, site 973)

Lt. Kara Spears Hultgreen, U.S. Navy - Lt. Hultgreen was one of the first U.S. Navy female combat pilots. (section 60, site 7710)

Brig. Gen. Hazel Johnson-Brown, U.S. Army - The first African American female to attain general officer rank in American military history. She was appointed as the 16th Chief of the Army Nurse Corps with the rank of brigadier general in 1979. (section 60, site 9836)

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis - The wife of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, and served as First Lady of the United States during his presidency from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. (section 45)

Helen W. Langley - Editor of National Basic Intelligence Factbook published for and by the CIA. (section 59, site 2598)

Katherine Marshall - Wrote Together, an autobiography about her life with Gen. George C. Marshall. (section 7, site 8198)

Dr. Anita Newcomb McGee, U.S. Army - Dr. Anita Newcomb McGee was the first woman Army surgeon in 1898 and founder of the Army Nurse Corps in 1900. (section 1, site 526B)

Lt. Cmdr. Barbara Allen Rainey, U.S. Navy - First woman pilot in the Navy, killed while training another pilot in an air accident. (section 6, site 5813)

Mary Randolph - First recorded person buried on the grounds that became Arlington Cemetery. She is a cousin of Mary Lee Fitzhugh Custis, wife of George Washington Parke Custis, builder of Arlington. She wrote The Virginia Housewife, a housekeeping and cook book. (section 2, site S-6)

Vinnie Ream - Sculpted Lincoln statue in the U.S. Capitol rotunda. She was the first woman artist to be commissioned by the government and last artist whom Lincoln sat for before his death. She also sculpted many other statues including Sappho, the poetess, above her grave. (section 3, site 1876)

Mary Roberts Rinehart - America's first woman war correspondent during World War I for the Saturday Evening Post; wrote mystery novels, including The Circular Staircase and The Bat; in 1921 was referred to as "America's Mistress of Mystery." (section 3, site 4269)

Maj. Marie Therese Rossi-Cayton, U.S. Army - Was a female helicopter pilot killed the day after the cease fire which ended Operation Desert Storm (the Persian Gulf War). (section 8, site 9872)

Helen Herron “Nellie” Taft - The wife of 27th President of the United States William Howard Taft and First Lady of the United States from 1909 to 1913. Mrs. Taft arranged for the planting of the 3,000 Japanese cherry trees that grace the Washington Tidal Basin. Mrs. Taft and the wife of the Japanese ambassador planted the first two saplings March 27, 1912. (section 30, site S-14)