Here’s the list of women who were suggested to me as possible inspirations for songs for my album 13 Women, I’ve included notes that friends added and a few links, in case you want to go down the rabbit hole where I’ve spent the last couple of years: There's a bullet next to the women who inspired the songs in 13 Women. The list is in the order in which the women were suggested to me.

Sophie Scholl (1921-1943) Member of the German anti-Nazi resistance.

Ida Lewis 

Virginia Dare: first person on land

Sally Ride: astronaut

• Josephine Baker: Entertainer, activist, and French Resistance agent.

Clara Bow: the “It” girl

• Martha Gellhorn

Harriet Tubman (1822 – 1913) – escaped slave, early civil rights activist

Nannita Daisey, also known as Kentucky Daisey

Rosa Parks (1913–2005) American civil rights activist. Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her bus seat in Montgomery, Alabama, indirectly led to some of the most significant civil rights legislation of American history.

Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) aviation pioneer

• Henrietta Leavitt

Clara Barton: started the Red Cross

Sacagawea   a Lemhi Shoshone woman who is known for her help to the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Edmonia Lewis

Emily Dickinson

Molly Prichard: fought in revolutionary war

Eleanor Roosevelt

Wilma Rudolph

Babe Didrikson

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Mary Elizabeth Lease

Henrietta Lacks

Ada Lovelace

Mother Featherlegs

Grace Hopper.: a crusty old broad, a chain smoker, mother of the COBOL programming language and higher level programming laguages, ultimately became an Admiral in the Navy.

Cynthia Ann Parker

Christine Jorgensen

Sarah and Angelina Grimke

Catharine Beecher and Lucretia Mott: you can learn about them in "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk

Natalie Wood

Peace Pilgrim, aka Mildred Lisette Norman. For over 50 years, she criss-crossed the USA on foot with only a toothbrush—no money, no other possessions—spreading love, kindness, and compassion over countless miles of two-lane rural highway.  

Cindy Walker

Carol Kaye: A gun slinger with a bass. She’s played on over 10,000 recordings And she hung with the baddest of the badasses in the Wrecking Crew.

Bessie Stringfield

Angela Cochran

Dorothea Dix

Mary Woolstencraft

Dorothea Lange

Georgie White, the queen of the Colorado River guides.

Grandma Gatewood

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Jane Goodall

Jane Addams

Mary Cassatt painter, American exile in Paris

Georgia O’Keefe

Sojourner Truth

Mary Lou Williams

Louise Bourgeois

Maya Angelou

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Carrie Chapman Catt

Katharine Hepburn

Bette Davis

Angela Davis

Patty Hearst

Squeaky Fromme

Hedy Lamarr

Frances Langford

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Ida Tarbell: the first muckraker. A journalist around the turn of the century (19th into 20th that is) who practically invented the expose. An early investigative reporter, she wrote extensively about Rockefeller.

Marjorie Stoneman Douglas

Maud Stevens Wagner

Mabel Mercer

Corita Kent: ex nun, contemporary artist, social justice activist:   

Sarah Biffin and more: this site has a slew of women who refused to behave:

Nina Simone


Katherine Johnson: NASA mathematician

Cornelia Fort: was a Nashville pilot who got famous being the first to spot attacking Japanese planes over Oahu on Dec. 7, 1941, while working as a flight instructor.

Dr. Mary J. Ruwart

Julia Morgan

And not to ignore the men completely, here are some of the suggestions I’ve received:

Crazy Horse
Sitting Bull
Oscar Wilde
Walt Whitman
James Watson (discovered DNA with Francis Crick),
the Wright Brothers
Alexander Graham Bell
Thomas Watson
Bruce Jenner
Davy Crockett
Henry Burn
: Tennessee’s role in passing the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote— great story — we were the 36th and final state needed to ratify — passed by a single vote... a legislator, Rep. Henry Burn, changed his vote because his mom asked him to.

Peter McWilliams
Tonie Nathan
John Perry
: cop who was signing his retirement papers to go to law school when the first plane hit at 9/11.